And on the Sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made. [Acts 16:13a A.V.]
The 11 o'clock Sunday morning service is the heart of church life for the congregation of 25 to 35. This includes, most weeks, a handful of children, who leave for Junior Church after the second hymn.
Various events are held throughout the year, including a typical country harvest when the chapel is decorated with the gifts of the countryside, by many loving hands.
The present building has stood by the River Dane for over a hundred years. It is still structurally sound and wholly appropriate for the needs of today's worshippers. We thank God for the faith and forethought of our forefathers and cherish the inheritance they left.
Today's members are a mix of those who chose to live hereabouts, and those who just happened to "sprout" in this part of the Dane Valley. This blend of tradition and innovation enriches both our fellowship and church life.
We are told that 'in the olden days' preachers were more fiery and that oft times the very building would rumble and shake. It should be noted that this phenomenon has become less frequent since the closure of the adjoining railway line!
As with other small congregations, the focus of midweek activities is the village rather than the church. The deepening bond we have with our Anglican friends is an important step forward in the village. United services are on Remembrance Sunday at St. Mary's and Good Friday at the Chapel. The value we place on this growing fellowship was well expressed by a wise sage who went so far as to say "I am more a Bosley Christian than a Circuit Methodist". Our team of pastoral visitors helps our busy ministers to care for each member of the flock.
Two further aspects of our Bosley tradition :-
The first is our music, the quality of our acoustics, organ and organists combine to make hymn singing a joy,
The other is our concern for the wider world. We raised £4,000 in 4 years for Water Aid, followed by support for a hospital in Romania. As an example, we have been part of an ambitious whole village project to finance the building of a new 'Bosley' school for children in The Gambia.
No doubt the coming years will bring dramatic changes to our community. May they also bring those who accept the call to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.