Dunbar Methodist Church

Dunbar, East Lothian


The Minister

01875 615208

Opening Times

For worship services and otherwise by special request.


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Also Nearby

Dunbar is an established seaside resort with historic buildings and opportunities for golf, bird-watching, rambling, fishing and sailing. John Muir's Birthplace museum, on the High Street, documents the life and work of the nineteenth-century Scottish born naturalist, who emigrated with his parents to the United States where he campaigned for the preservation of natural environments: www.jmbt.org.uk


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Dunbar Methodist Church
Dunbar Methodist Church

Built in 1764, and originally developed from Moravian roots, Dunbar is Scotland's oldest Methodist church and was a favourite of John Wesley. Both John and his brother Charles were Trustees and John preached at the Dunbar chapel on 21 occasions.

The church features Victorian stained glass and an oak pulpit from St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh. How they ended up in Dunbar remains a mystery. There is a spelling error on one of the windows and one theory is that they were ordered but rejected because of that mistake.

A memorial to 31 year-old Wesleyan Revd Holdsworth, who drowned while bathing in 1892, can be seen in the graveyard of the nearby parish church. It was erected by the people of Dunbar in memory of a minister "who was at all times their friend".

In November 2015, the congregation united with St Anne's, Scottish Episcopal Church - part of the Anglican Communion, to form one unified presence serving Dunbar and district.

In 2019 the church building passed into private ownership after 250 years as a centre for worship.