The church centre in Station Highway, Ketley, was the foundation of 20 regular worshippers and a lot of organisations which employed the premises which was renovated to the tune of £140,000 just in excess of a 10 years back.
Church leaders reported the coronavirus pandemic and a dwindling membership had been to blame for a tumble in income to cover its running charges and after 55 a long time it was time to contact it a day.
The congregation was produced in February 1966 from the merger of Ketley Central, Ketley Brook and Ketley Mount Zion chapels.
Longstanding member Christine Clarke, 78, and her partner Daniel, 81, led numerous activities around the decades together with popular lunch and youth golf equipment.
“We are sensation really sad that it has come to this. Dan and I were part of the church council until a several several years ago and we have held every single position in the church. We cherished getting portion of the fellowship and becoming with the folks. We organised the lunches, prayer meetings, Bible studies and give other folks lifts to church.
“Around time the congregation has diminished and some are now in nursing households.
“We still have some great males on board who manufactured positive anything was nevertheless functioning.
“As for kid’s ministry our deacon Julie Morton, Meryl Stobbs and Diane Parkin worked difficult to pull families in, but these days there are so a lot of interruptions that prevent people from attending church companies.
“It breaks our hearts to see that the building is likely to close, but that is the truth,” Mrs Clarke stated.
Groups and actions dependent at the church incorporated the well known Ketley Boys Brigade and Ladies Association, dad or mum and toddlers, Messy Church, disability group Gateway and a preserve suit course.
Home steward Anthony Davies, 78, was among individuals who transferred there in 1966: “Issues are altering. Fifty-5 several years in the past we had a very good-sized congregation, but it has gone down about the a long time. People have left the location and it all arrives down to finance to pay back a minister and the expenditures.
“We made use of to have a annual anniversary service, cantatas and at a person time we had flourishing youth golf equipment which captivated teenagers from the outdated Manor College, in Hadley. They were a assorted team of black and white young men and women and we experienced some exciting instances. We also ran autumn and Christmas fairs.
“We used to do a great deal of fundraising simply because we required to renovate the place. When the Rev Mark Sherman was the minister below 12 yrs back. We modified the structure, such as the pulpit, upgraded the heating and lighting.
“I will miss it. No doubt we will transfer to other branches in Hadley and Wellington.”
The Ketley Boys Brigade and Girls Association will stay in procedure.
In a statement The Telford Methodist Circuit reported:”Right after 55 decades of devoted worship and services, the congregation at Ketley Methodist Church will be keeping its remaining provider on June 27. The Telford Methodist Circuit will grow to be the trustees of the setting up and will be thinking about the solutions for its use above the coming months.
“The Ketley Boys Brigade and Ladies Affiliation who satisfy at the Church will be transferring to Hadley Methodist Church and will be commencing in September.”
Ketley Central chapel was demolished and changed by the Ketley flats subsequent to the current setting up, Ketley Brook is now Telford Seventh Day Adventist Church and Mount Zion is now Wellington New Testament Church of God.