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Sad day for church

Members of the congregation at Ebenezer Church which is to close

Members of the congregation at Ebenezer Church which is to close

AFTER more than 100 years Ebenezer Methodist Church in Bailiff Bridge has closed its doors.

A packed congregation gathered for a weekend of special events to mark the church’s history, before a final service at the Bradford Road building.

The decision to close the church was taken earlier this year when it was regretfully accepted that, despite being well-used by community groups in the area, the cost and effort of running the building had become too much. A dwindling church congregation had also contributed to the decision.

The Rev Stephanie Jenner, Minister of Ebenezer, said: “Rather than waiting for numbers to decline further we decided to go out on a positive note. The final weekend celebrated the people and the witness of the church and it also signified a move forward.

“The congregation members are settling into their new churches and the building will remain in community use until December.”

The final weekend was marked with a fish and chip supper, Sunday lunch and an afternoon of hymn singing when members of the Ebenezer congregation were joined by worshippers from Clifton and Central Methodist Churches.

 

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