On Wednesday, 24 June, 1931 the new Methodist Chapel in Starbeck was opened, the separate Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist congregations uniting fifteen months before the national union of the three main Methodist denominations.
Methodism was present in the wider local area before 1800. (A Wesleyan chapel at Forest Lane Head only closed when Starbeck got its own in the 1880’s) Starbeck itself did not develop until the second half of the nineteenth century following the arrival of the railway. By the turn of the twentieth century there were well-established Primitive Methodist (1879) and Wesleyan (1889) chapels, the former on the corner of Albert Place, the latter still standing as the library in The Avenue.
So it was that the church was opened on 24th June, 1931. At the Primitive Methodist June Quarterly Meeting, the Superintendent made a special appeal to the Starbeck society to take fullest advantage of their new opportunity to realise the spiritual ideal of Methodist Union. It was now up to the merged congregations to further the work of Methodism in the community.
In June 2006 we celebrated 75 years of Worship and fellowship in this building.