Eden

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'.  Eden Singers often participate in the                                                                           service
 
 
 
 
 

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

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

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

 

News: 

Easter 2017 - Great fun was had by memers 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
Sunday, 3rd September 2017  10:30 a.m. Harvest Festival and first service of our new minister.  We Welcome Rev Nico Hilmy-Jones to lead us in worship.  We also welcome our friends from St Martin.
     
DAY TIME ACTIVITY
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 
4th Tuesday monthly 2:30 p.m. Knit and Natter in the Church Hall - contact Ann tel. 853937
2nd & 4th Tuesday monthly 7:30 p.m. Eden Singers practice - contact Betty-Clare tel. 852367
     
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.

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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 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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