Towngate, Clifton, Brighouse, HD6 4HX
Rev'd Terry Keen (minister)
David Briggs (pastoral assistant)
Dec 27th, 10:30 am – Mrs Janet Revill
Jan 3rd, 10:30 am – Rev'd David Briggs (Communion)
Jan 17th, 10:30 am – Mr David Brackenridge
Mount Zion is a significant site in the history of Methodism. John Wesley regularly visited and stayed in the cottage which still adjoins the chapel. The chapel in which he preached was built in 1773 and replaced by the current building in 1815. Mount Zion is one of two designated Heritage Chapels in the Calderdale Circuit, the second being the octagonal chapel at Heptonstall.
What is a Heritage Chapel?
A Heritage Chapel is a historically significant Christian, Methodist place of worship, which is no longer used for its original purpose on a regular basis. Sympathetically preserved and maintained, through architecture, art, artefacts and archival information, our heritage chapels aim to tell the story of Methodism and explore aspects of wider shared local history and heritage. The aspiration is not to create museums, but for the chapels to be vibrant, living spaces which may be used in a variety of ways by the whole community, people of all faiths and none; providing a continuing Christian presence in a locality, which although firmly rooted in the past, has the potential to influence the present and to inform the future.
Each of our heritage chapels has a designated heritage worker, involved in research, outreach and heritage projects and (with the help of the community, interns and volunteers) in organising a range of activities and events. They deliver sessions for schools, colleges, universities and community groups, helping to develop understanding of Methodist heritage for the benefit of onward mission.
What happens at Mount Zion?
Mount Zion remains licensed for weddings and funerals. Acts of worship still take place at significant times in the Christian year and to mark important events in the history of the Methodist Church, locally and nationally. However, as a special place in the community, the aspiration is for Mount Zion to be increasingly used to bring diverse people together to learn, play and socialise; to become a 'home' to a new community of communities, which recognises that generations of 'people of faith' have brought us to where we are today, in so doing creating a heritage which it is important to cherish and care for.
Mount Zion is working towards providing a range of events and activities, inspired both by Methodist heritage and that of the wider local community. These will include: open days, exhibitions, workshops, school visits, lifelong learning, wellbeing, art, environment and stewardship activities alongside social and community events. Archive and record preservation is also central to the purpose of Mount Zion and is a work in progress. The Chapel houses the Hird Collection of Methodist ceramics and a range of documents and artefacts, which are in the process of being accessioned and catalogued for future use by academics and members of the community alike.
Mount Zion needs volunteers to help achieve its aspirations and to move forward. If you can help in any way, please do get in touch.
If you wish to arrange a group or school visit, enquire about staging an exhibition, lecture, meeting, partnership working or just require further information please contact Mount Zion's Heritage Worker.
Email: email@example.com Heritage worker: Diane Hadwen
Telephone: 07958 759805
Address: Mount Zion Methodist Church, Per Lane, Ogden, HX2 8XG.
Please note: our website is currently under review and will be updated very soon to include details of our new education offer for schools and colleges, volunteering and intern opportunities, regular opening hours, events and much more. In the interim our old site remains live and contains a wealth of well researched, interesting information about Mount Zion and its history, plus detailed records of baptisms, burials and a link to the excellent West Yorkshire Archive Service.
How to get to Mount Zion
CAR: map and Sat Nav details Halifax HX2 8XG. From the A629, turn onto Per Lane, Upper Brockholes. Please note on road parking only, so please park with consideration for our neighbours.
BUS: The 502 – Great Northern Line – Halifax, Ovenden, Denholme, Cullingworth, Keighley, stops off at the end of Per Lane. Mount Zion is approximately a hundred metres down Per Lane on the right-hand side.
FOOT: A629 onto Per Lane, or Lane Head, or Pavement Lane onto Per Lane. Section 11 of the Calderdale Way, Luddenden to Brockholes, takes you to the front gates of Mount Zion.
Please note: Currently, although access to the chapel from street level is available via a ramp, there is no designated disabled toilets with wheelchair access on site.