Garway Hill Methodist Chapel is part of the Southern Area of the Shropshire and Marches Methodist Circuit. For information about service times, view the preaching plans on the Service Times page. Information about ministers can be found on the Southern Area Ministers page.
Garway Hill Methodist Chapel is a small stone build chapel nestled on the side of Garway Hill in south Herefordshire. Situated on a forked junction it has stood there for 150 years with the chapel yard behind it taking in the stunning views over the Herefordshire country side. The chapel has a small but vibrant congregation and last year the pews were full for the celebration of its 150th Anniversary.
Les Rowlands, now 90 years old and a local Methodist Lay Preacher, was one of the many present for the celebratory service on a beautiful Sunday in September. Les could easily claim that he was the oldest person present but he could also claim the distinction of being a direct descendent of the chapel’s founder, William Rowlands his great grandfather. Les recounted the story of how over 150 years ago Abigail, William’s wife started going to prayer meetings, which were originally instigated by travelling evangelists, at Pennywink a nearby house. Being a non believer William forbade Abigail to be present at these meetings but because Abigail’s faith was so strong she went against her husband’s wishes and secretly attended. When William threatened to throw her into the bread oven if she defied him again Abigail and her prayer group prayed that William would acknowledge the error of his ways and forgive Abigail. During the meeting William stormed into the room with the intent of carrying out his threat but the power of the prayers not only brought about his forgiveness of his wife’s endeavours but also brought him to Christianity. From that day forward he worked for the good of the lord and was determined that there should be a more suitable building to worship and hold prayer meetings in. At the time William and Abigail lived at High House Garway Hill and William sold a plot of his land, a small triangle between ‘the top road’ and ‘the bottom road’ for the grand sum of £19 and 10 shillings for the purpose of building a chapel. Not only was William the instigator of the beautiful little chapel but being a stone mason he also completed all the stone work in the building which is still standing strong today.