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Final worship for East Ardsley Methodist Church

The core congregation for the last few years at the final ever service at East Arsdely Methodist Church

The core congregation for the last few years at the final ever service at East Arsdely Methodist Church

Nearly 100 people attended the final ever Sunday service at East Ardsley Methodist Church.

The church took the decision to close after it was unable to function according to Methodist rules for the last few years due to falling attendance numbers at the regular Sunday worship.

Secretary to the church council, Margaret Newton, said: “There are two other Methodist churches in the area so the core congregation will have to attend the Sunday services at those churches now.

“It is sad but the service on Sunday was about celebrating and a good time was had by all who came.”

The farewell service was lead by the Rev Paul Martin and guest speaker, the Rev Laurence Turner, a Superintendent of the former Morley Circuit.

A collection raised £327 which will be split between Wakefield Hospice and the NSPCC, whose representative came every year at Christmas to receive gifts collected by the church members.

The church has been at its current premises at Wesley Street for over 40 years and even before has always been an important part of the community.

Local groups such as The Rodillian Singers, the Bowling Club, slimming clubs and a number of keep fit and dancing groups as well as toddler groups will now have to find new venues to hold their events.

 

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