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Organ recital Simon Lumby Mar 2019

LUNCHTIME ORGAN MUSIC for LENT 2019 at Bishop Street Methodist Church, Town Hall Square, Leicester. Thursday 28th March 2019. This month’s recital (1.00-1.30pm) will be by Fr. Simon Lumby, priest-in-charge at St. Aiden’s, New Parks.

        He will be including
        Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in E flat major,
        Claire de Lune by Vierne
        and  Prelude Improvisation by Choveaux.

This will be followed at 2.00pm by a performance of

        Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs

in which Simon Lumby will be joined by Baritone Soloist John Thawley.

These are free recitals, with a collection point available to donate towards the upkeep of the organ.


Creative Spirit logo


Friday 19th April 2019:  Good Friday
10.00am Good Friday Service
continues our Lent 2019 series entitled ‘Creative Spirit’.
Theme: ‘Believe the Women’

LUNCHTIME ORGAN MUSIC: Fourth Thursdays of each month: 1.00-1.30pm at Bishop Street Methodist Church, Town Hall Square, Leicester, LE1 6AF.
Thursday March 28th: Fr Simon Lumby, parish priest at St Aiden’s New Parks
Thursday April 25th: tba
Thursday May 23rd: Tim Lees, organist at St Mary’s, Humberstone.

The recitals are free, and will include a retiring collection towards the ongoing upkeep of the organ.


Friday May 3rd: ORGAN CONCERT at the start of the Modern Art Exhibition:
 2.00pm - 2.40pm: Ralph Dransfield, organist at Garston Park Church, Liverpool
will be giving a free recital as part of the opening of the Wondering Soul exhibition (see below)


Wondering Soul Prep day p1METHODIST MODERN ART COLLECTION Wondering Soul Exhibition -
Coming to Leicester: May 3rd to June 9th 2019
For full details of how to get involved as a volunteer or run an activity or project alongside the exhibition, visit the event website:







SUNDAY 17th March 2019
10.30 service with the President and Vice President
of the Methodist Conference

Poster for Presidents visit web2

Talk Zinthiya trust Feb 2019 to bitmap

TALK IN THE CHAPEL: Zinthiya Trust: The Story So Far. A talk by Zinthiya Ganeshpanchan on their work to alleviate poverty and abuse in Leicester and Leicestershire.
Thursday 21st February 2019, 6.15 to 7.15pm at Bishop Street Methodist Church,
10a Bishop Street, Town Hall Square, Leicester LE1 6AF. Admission free.


Recital Christmas 2018


Thursday 13th December 2018: Handel’s Messiah... Leicestershire... The World’’.
6.15-7.15pm: A talk with recorded excerpts from The Messiah, by Neil Crutchley, until recently the music critic for the Leicester Mercury, on some of the surprising local beginnings for one of the most famous classical music works in the world.

Talk Handels Messiah Dec 2018
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An exhibition of original paintings (framed and unframed) by local artist
Joyce Hulford
Friday 9th November until Friday 30th November 2018
painting details, Joyce Hulford

Joyce Hulford is now resident at
Aigburth Methodist Care Home, in Oadby
Talk Nov 2018 A4 war memorials landscape

      VENITE:  An exhibition of artworks based around some organ-pipes and other bits and pieces that were ‘left over’ during our recent organ renovation. Various local artists were challenged to re-work the items to create original artworks. The resulting exhibition, VENITE, will be on display at Bishop Street Methodist Church from October 17th to November 7th 2018.




Special exhibition for our Heritage Open Day, Saturday 8th September 2018
Pioneer Women Preachers of Early Methodism.Extraordinary women title 1

In the early years of the Methodist movement there were surprisingly wide opportunities for women to become preachers, both within their circuit of local Churches, and full time as travelling preachers. With the 2018 Heritage Open Days theme of ‘Extraordinary Women’ in mind, Bishop Street has compiled a display on some of these pioneer women preachers, both in the 18th century under the direct encouragement of John Wesley, and in the 19th century, particularly within the ‘Primitive Methodist Connexion’.  Leicestershire had two such notable preachers, one of whom, Elizabeth Evans, inspired the character of Dinah Morris in the novel, Adam Bede, and the other, Miss Buck, lived in Leicester but received invitations from across the country to hear her powerful and inspirational preaching.

The display will be on view in the Church Exhibition area until September 19th 2018.

Also on Saturday 8th September:-

  • our heritage room will be open,
  • dressing up clothes for children,
  • organ music at various times in the day
  • cafe open for hot drinks, light lunches and cakes.

Open 10.00am to 4.00pm on Saturday 8th September
Bishop Street Methodist Church, Leicester

Exhibition of Quilts from Pennsylvania

2nd September to 22nd September in the Exhibition area.

Quilts exhib



There are  a selection of videos now available via Youtube. You can find them by searching for the Bishop Street Church youtube channel (feel free to subscribe). A series of four short talks by Richard Gill on the origins of Leicester Methodism begins with ‘A sermon at Butt Close’, at (Follow the links to find subsequent videos.)



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Talk in the Chapel: Thursday 28th June 2018, 6.15-7.15
The Sign of Jonah.
Why was Jonah so important in early Christian Art and Thought?
A talk by Miriam Stevenson and Richard Gill

From the New Testament onwards the 'Sign of Jonah' has held a central place in Christian imagination. The story of this Old Testament prophet has been celebrated as both a foreshadowing of Christ's death and resurrection and as a more personal emblem of despair and rescue. This talk explores the origins of 'the sign of Jonah' and its use from early Church writings to modern poetry. It also looks at the dramatic and surprisingly glamorous images of Jonah in early Christian Art and the association of this image with petition, particularly in the medieval presentation of the psalms. For a thousand years, the image of the prophet to Nineveh was an important symbol of the personal hope founded on the Resurrection. 


Talk Bill Myers Mark, flyer

Good Friday Service 2018 landscape


Talk Temperance Hall March 2018 landscape


Music at the Chapel Concert list spring 2018


Talk Gill Spatcher 2018


Talk Rob Charles 2018 A4


recital Christmas 2017 landscape


Bishop Street talk - Christmas 2017


Simon Headley concert Sept 2017


For a details and photos of larger selection of Exhibitions, Concerts, and Talks held at Bishop Street over recent years, visit our Past Events page.


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