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Trinity Methodist Church in Ellesmere Port to celebrate its centenary

A re energised town centre church is to celebrate its centenary

Trinity Methodist Church in Ellesmere Port. The church is being renovated by local volunteers to be used as a centre for the community as well as a church. Group picture of volunteers with the Revd Christine Jones pictured centre(Image: Ian Cooper)

A re-energised town centre church is to celebrate its centenary.

Trinity Methodist Church on Whitby Road, Ellesmere Port is looking forward to a very special day on Tuesday (August 26) which marks 100 years since the church was dedicated.

The landmark will be celebrated with a centenary service at 3pm to which the church says everyone is welcome.

It will be conducted by the Rev Christine Jones and will be her last service before she takes her retirement at the end of the month.

A project at the church has given Trinity a new lease of life so that neighbours can contribute, share stories and enjoy being there for one another.

The £750,000 first phase of ambitious plans to transform the church into a community hub were completed on time and on budget in 2012 after months of hard work.

The minister thanked Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Our Place team, Western Cheshire PCT and the Methodist Church for their help and support.

After an Easter Day celebration, the new facilities gradually opened their doors.

The traditional fixed worship space became multi-functional and flexible with work involving the removal of the floor and several walls, rewiring, the fitting of a new heating system and the creation of a flat roof at the back of the building.

On offer was a community cafe and an ‘Active Ageing’ centre.

The new facilities also created opportunities for cookery sessions for adults and children, while the flexible worship area can also be used for community arts workshops, performances and exhibitions.

Some of the discarded pews found a new use within the church after being fashioned into the tables for the new community cafe.

Later phases of the renovation have seen refurbished toilets and landscaping.

The church says people in the town have worked together to create a place on the high street where you can drop in to meet friends, enjoy home-made seasonal food, learn to cook and pass on your skills. Everyone is welcome to get involved.

Church steward Maureen Stanley says of the centenary:“Please come and join us! Looking forward to seeing you there.” After the service tea and cakes will be served.

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