Crooke Methodist Church occupies a prominent position in the charming village of Crooke, situated just two and a half miles from the centre of Wigan. For nearly 150 years the church has brought many generations of people to faith and witness, and it remains today an integral and important feature in the life of the local community.
Crooke has a membership of about 35, with an average weekly attendance at the Sunday service of 16. Worship is of the traditional style, mostly led by visiting local preachers, with an appointed minister officiating once a month at a service which will normally include Holy Communion. To emphasise our ecumenical credentials, there are joint services every month at Crooke with our friends from the worshipping community of the Standish Lower Ground branch of St. Anne’s ‘Church of England. Crooke is a friendly church where everyone is assured of a warm welcome. It is also a place where members and visitors alike can find the peace and tranquillity to reflect, meditate and pray and have a closer walk with God.
Crooke church itself offers a comfortable seating capacity for between 60 – 70 people. At the rear of the premises is a spacious church hall, which is available for hire and is ideally suited for retreats, group meetings, social gatherings, parties and the like. Crooke has no wish to exclude itself from the ‘real’ world outside, and the church maintains good relations and links with the adjacent private village nursery and the Village Residents’ Association, which also seeks to serve the interests of the village as a whole.
Among the regular activities currently taking place in the church are a weekly dancing evening and a dominoes evening. A more recent innovation has been a Soup, Sandwich and Cake lunch open to anyone to attend for a chat and something to eat on a Thursday at regular intervals. Jumble sales, coffee mornings, summer and winter fayres invariably attract scores of people from near and far onto the premises, and these, together with other fund raising events have brought many benefits to the church and to the charities it supports, not only in terms of finance, but also from the interaction between those who have faith, those who do not and those who may be looking to find one.
Although small in number, Crooke church is blessed with hard working, dedicated members who freely give of their time, energies and talents in expressing their faith. It is our continuing hope and prayer that an atmosphere and environment will be created at Crooke which will appeal to and attract others to share and experience.