Eden Methodist Church

Eden is in the north of the Parish of St Saviour.

It traces its roots back to 1833 and is one of the few Methodist Chapels on the island that retains a traditional interior with a balcony.

The austere exterior hides a charming interior and a warm welcome to all.  Our worship style is best described as traditional and we principally use hymns from 'Hymns and Psalms' and 'Songs of Fellowship'. 

CONTACT: Minister: Rev. Nico Hilmy-Jones - tel 840793

WORSHIP CONTACT: Mrs Norma Collas - tel 723581
email: norma.collas@gmail.com

STEWARD: Mrs Karen White - tel 852062 email:bobandkarenare@hotmail.com



Farewell and God Bless.  It is with great sadness that we announce that the congregation ceased worship at our lovely little Chapel on Sunday, 1st Sepember 2019.  Before we closed our doors we had the opportunty to celebrate the life of Eden with friends from around the Circuit.  Afternoon tea was served in the Hall on Saturday, 30th September where panels of photos and other historical artefacts were on display.  The Church was decorated for Harvest with beautiful flowers and vegetables, fruit and groceries donated for the St Helier Methodist Church  Food Bank and  Jersey Women's Refuge.  We also had hand knitted and crocheted blankets for Project Linus on display.

On Sunday we celebrated the life of Eden in a morning service led by Rev Nico Hylmy-Jones before  sadly closing our doors for the last time.







Open Door @ Harvest.  All are invited to visit our Church on Saturday 31st August 2:00 till 4:30 when we shall be celebrating our annual  Open Door 2019.  Please come and join us for afternoon tea, share memories and see the work with which the Church has been involved as we celebrate 186 years of worship at Eden.  This is also our Harvest and closing day.

It is with great sadness that the congregation has decided to close this lovely Chapel with effect from 1st September 2019.  

Our friends from Ebenezer and St Martin Methodist Churches joined us for worship on Sunday, June 9th at Pentecost when Rev Hilmy-Jones led us in worship as we celebrated 186 years since the birth of this Church.  

Our Harvest Festival celebrated the abundant bessings of home and family. Our doors were open on a Saturday and Sunday afternoons when all were welcome to vist a fantastic display of dolls houses, courtesy of the Jersey Dolls House Club.  £210 was raised for Jersey Women's Refuge

A lovely concert was held when £340 was raised in aid of Jersey Alzheimer's Association

On Sunday 10th December 2017 at 6:30 p.m.  Annual Candlelight Service when we shall be singing favourite carols and hearing the good news of the coming of Jesus.  Do come alomg and get into the Spirit of Christmas

On 3rd September 2017 we welcomed our new Minister, Rev Nico Hilmy-Jones to ur Church.  Rev Nico's first service with us was our wonderful Harvest Thanksgiving Service.

Easter 2017 - Great fun was had by members of the congregation colouring pretty butterflies for distribution on Easter Saturday, sending out a  message of renewal and re-birth.

December 2016 - The Christmas Angels have now all been distributed around the parish, on bushes, lamp posts, garden gates and car sindscreens.  Happy Christmas to all! 

November 2016 - 100 Christmas angels have been knitted by the Knit and Natter Group, thank you to everyone who helped make this happen.

October 2016 - Eden Singers held a Concert in the Church with afternoon tea served in the Hall in aid of the British Red Cross.  £600 was raised.  Well done ladies it was a great, fun afternoon.  



An overview of church activities is shown below


Special Services When Detail
Closing Service  31st September 2019 10:30 a.m. Rev Nico Hilmy-Jones
Open Door 2019 30th September 2019 Afternoon Tea and a chat 2:00 till 4:30
Christmas Lunch 9th December 2018 2nd Sunday in Advent.  Rev Nico Hylmy-Jones will lead Service. Sunday lunch following morning worship.  Contact Ann on 853937 to book a place
Christmas Candle Light Carols 16th December 2018 Service 4:000 am to be led by Rev Nico Hily-Jones.  A lovely way to get into the Spirit of Christmas.  Refreshments after the service!
Sunday 10.30 a.m. Morning Worship. See The Circuit Plan for details. 
Café Style worship takes place in the Church Hall on the first Sunday of the month
2nd Tuesday monthly 2:30 p.m. Bible Study - contact Hazel tel. 853267 
3rd Tuesday monthly 2:30 p.m. Knit and Natter in the Church Hall - contact Ann tel. 853937
Wednesdays monthly 11:30 a.m. Prayer Group meet in the Church Vestry - contact Hazel tel. 853267 (week varies)
History   History of Eden Methodist Church

This is a copy of part of the notes used by Dr Arthur Mourant for his talk to the congregation of Eden  for the centenary celebrations of Eden in 1933.

‘In 1787 John Wesley visited Jersey and on Tuesday, 21st August he came to this part of the island. In his journal he states, 

“We took a walk to one of our friends in the country. Near his house stood what they call The College.  It is a Free School, designed to train up children for University; exceedingly finely situated, in a quiet recess, surrounded by tall woods.  Not far from it stands, on the top of a high hill (I suppose a Roman Mount) an old chapel, believed to be the first Christian Church to be built in the island.  From hence we had a view over the whole island, the pleasantest I ever saw; as far superior to the Isle of Wight as that is to the Isle of Man.  The little hills, almost covered with large trees, are inexpressibly beautiful.  It seems they are to be equaled in the Isle of Guernsey”. (excerpt from John Westley’s journal, with apologies to our Manx and Isle of Wight friends)

It is practically certain that the College was St Mannelier and the hill surmounted by a chapel, La Hougue Bie.  We must remember that the Tower (long since gone) was not added till about 1790 so that Wesley saw the mound much as it is now ( i.e. in 1933 the trees had not fully grown yet).

The editor of the Journal seems inclined to identify the mound as La Hougue Boëte, but this is impossible both from the description and from the times given in Wesley’s private diary, as follows:

11-45 a.m. walk; I at brother W’s dinner, conversed, prayer; 2-30 walk; 4, prayed” 

Since the note “prayed” evidently referred to his lodgings in St Helier, he could not possibly have walked to St John and back.

 I have gone into these details because, if my view is right, and I see no other possibility, Wesley walked along the road which runs past this chapel (sic Eden) at about 20 minutes to 3 on the day in question.  This is almost the only way and by far the most likely one for him to have taken.

The identity of “Brother W” with whom Wesley had a meal is another puzzle.  I am strongly inclined to the view that it should be “Brother V V” for the Vivian family owned both the houses near St Mannelier and were early pillars of the cause of Eden.


In a later note dated 1974 made by Miss Lesley Mourant, Dr Mourant’s sister:

It has since been established that “Friend W” was almost certainly Friend VV (ViVian), as descendants of the Vivian family confirm that John Wesley was indeed entertained by Mr. Philip Vivian at his home, “Mon Plaisir” near St Mannelier.  Wesley spent the night there and the next morning preached in the yard.

Then his friends accompanied him to Gorey, where he preached.  On the way the passed the field where Eden was later to be built. 

(Leslie Mourant 1974)

Karen White’s Note

Dr Arthur Mourant was an eminent research doctor who worked in London and contributed to developing our knowledge of blood groups and most especially the rhesus gene.  Locally he was highly respected for his archaeological work for the Société Jersiaise and it was he who identified the opening to the passage grave at La Hougue Bie.  He oversaw the excavation in 1921. I therefore believe we should be able to have every confidence in his research into the History of Eden.  

The reference to “4:00 prayers” in John Wesley’s journal would actually tie in very well with passing Eden (say) at 2-40 p.m. climbing La Hougue Bie, admiring the view, walking back to Mon Plaisir, taking a refreshment and adjourning to his room for prayer.  It would then be quite reasonable to have walked that way again when travelling to Gorey the next day.


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