Today I was at South Green Methodist Church preaching as part of my on trial status and as part of the preaching plan for the North Kent Methodist Circuit. Despite there being only 4 people in the congregation, an organist and myself we made a good noise and one of the congregation - an ex local preacher made the comment that " that was proper worship" at the end of the service.
It remains a thorny issue of how to support these very small rural chapels that are part of the historic fabric of our culture, and are so obviously so passionately supported by the people who do attend them. In essence they are small groups, though rather expensive ones.
Perhaps in the end it is the community and companionship between the people that is important rather than the chapel or the church.