A unique church in Selston has launched a week of special events to celebrate its 175th anniversary.
The Methodist church, built in 1839, is the only chapel in the country still used for public worship which was founded by the Original Methodist Connexion.
This new Methodist denomination was formed by a group which opposed the increase in pay for travelling preachers and the church in Selston was the first chapel of 66 built for their use.
However, since Connexion accepted the decision to pay ministers in 1867, the other chapels have been converted for other uses, leaving the one in Selston as the only one still used for worship.
Janet Horsley, one of the event organisers, said that it was important to preserve the church for future generations and hoped that these celebrations would generate more support.
“We want to keep the church going and to expand it in the future to become a space for activities.
“We would encourage people to come along and see part of the history of Selston of which they probably have no knowledge.”
The week of events runs from tomorrow (Saturday September 6) to Sunday September 14 and will include special services, concerts and exhibitions for both members and visitors.
A prayer breakfast will take place from 8.30am tomorrow before an opening ceremony is conducted by Rev Mick Dilley at 10am.
A Last Night of the Proms event with Shirebrook Brass Band begins at 7.30pm at the church.
Tickets cost £6 and to book call Janet on 01773 810105.