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Raithby Methodist Church


Welcome to Raithby Methodist Chapel.

Raithby is a class of Spilsby Methodist Church.

The Annual Wesley Day Service is held on the 24th May at 7pm

The Annual Brackenbury Memorial Lecture is held on the second Saturday in July at 3pm - at Spilsby Methodist Chapel.

The lecture is organized by ‘Lincolnshire Methodist History Society’;
‘Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology’ and ‘The Tennyson Society’ who each in turn provide a speaker.

The lecture is followed by tea in the Spilsby Methodist Schoolroom.

Wesley’s Chapel, Raithby is a Grade I listed building and as such is of historical importance. It was built in 1779 by the squire of Raithby, Robert Carr Brackenbury (1752-1818) above the stables of the country house which he built at the same time.

The chapel was opened by John Wesley, a great friend of Brackenbury, on 5th July 1779.

The chapel has changed very little.

Managing Raithby Chapel

A small management group are working to raise the profile of this special chapel – described as an ‘earthly paradise’ by John Wesley in 1788.

He expressed his thanks to everyone in the circuit for all they are doing in ensuring a future at Raithby.

If you would like to find out more about Raithby and the future events that are planned, please contact Rev. Cecil Mundy on 01526 345051 or email

Date for your 2018 Diary


A full evening of Mark Topping as ‘‘John Wesley’’ at Spilsby Methodist Church

Keep an eye open for details to follow.


John Wesley said about 'this place'!

We went to Raithby: an earthly paradise!
How gladly would I rest here a few days; but it is not my place! I am to be a wanderer upon earth. Only let me find rest in a better world!

At six I preached in the church to such a congregation as I never saw here before; but I do not wonder if all the country should flock in thither, to a palace in the midst of paradise.


WESLEY DAY, 24th May

A warm summer evening was the setting for a special service to mark Wesley Day in the Circuit on 24th May 2017.

To coincide with that celebration the organisers of the Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival had arranged a walk around the area finishing at the Chapel, which was open for them to visit. We served Lincolnshire plum bread and tea for 30 walkers and a any who arrived early for the evening service.

Our District Chair, Rev. Bruce Thompson, led the service after which he said:-

"There are many things that make me proud to be a Lincolnshire Methodist. Tonight was one of those occasions. To be able to preach at Raithby Chapel on Aldersgate was an immense privilege. John Wesley opened the chapel in 1779 and tonight I drew on the text that he preached on one of his subsequent visits 'to worship in spirit and in truth.'

The music in the style of the 18th century was provided by Jonty Nowell and friends. The singing almost took the roof off!"

Wesley Day Service 2017

Reverend Bruce Thompson with Jonty Nowell and the musicians
Reverend Bruce Thompson with Jonty Nowell and the musicians
The Reverend Bruce Thompson spoke to us on the theme of HOPE. He reminded us that, though there are difficult times and horrific events, there is much more good around us than evil and how HOPE defines the human spirit.

Jonty Nowell and his musicians accompanied robust hymn singing and included some of their own hymns and songs, all very well received. (Jonty has written some hymns for our SINGING THE FAITH hymn book, 31, 515, 599).

The finale hymn was, of course, “AND CAN IT BE….”.