BIRMINGHAM ROAD GEORGE STREET MILL STREET

 Seeds of Methodism were planted in  this district in the 18th century at the time of much non-conformist  debate throughout the country. In 1739, Joseph Williams offered John  Wesley a field to preach in (he did not take up the offer). Licenses  applied for from the Bishop allowed for preaching in houses. Preachers  of different modes of thought and belief were sometimes invited to  preach in the Meeting House (later Baxter Church).

Local  Methodism really began when a Methodist Society was formed in the new  canal town of Stourport in 1780. Kidderminster, Bewdley and Stourport  were on Wesley’s list of preaching places. The Kidderminster Society was  formed in 1786.

· Mill Street (Wesleyan) Methodist Chapel opened  in 1803, was enlarged in 1821 at a cost of £1000 and the congregation  grew to a peak of 341 in 1846. It closed in 1974.
· George Street (Primitive) Methodist opened in 1902 (replacing an earlier chapel of 1824) and closed in 1963.
· In 1905, the Kidderminster Wesleyan Circuit opened a church in Birmingham Road; this closed in 1976 (see later).

In  1885, Kidderminster Wesleyans decided to separate from Stourport  Circuit and form their own; however, in 1907 the circuits rejoined  (single circuits were not viable financially). There were many small  chapels around the area each with a proud history and tradition but, in  1932, Primitive and Wesleyan churches amalgamated, bringing all viable  chapels of both traditions into one circuit, the Kidderminster and  Stourport Circuit. Not everyone was happy about this!

The George  Street Chapel that had been closed in 1963 brought about the  amalgamation of its Society with the Mill Street Society and became  known as Central Methodist Church. This central Methodist Church was  itself closed in 1974 to make way for the construction of the town  ring-road. This congregation had to be accommodated at Birmingham Road  Church until the proposed new church was ready.

The new church  opened in 1976 and was called Trinity (an apt name representing the  amalgamation of the three Societies). In 2008 an arson attack did  serious damage to the sanctuary and necessitated major refurbishment.  The opportunity was taken to remodel the sanctuary to make it more  suitable for the worship styles of the 21st century.
 

 After many years of close  association with St Mary's Parish Church adjacent to Trinity we both  signed a formal Local Ecumenical Partnership covenant in 2013 to  encourage even closer liaison between the two churches