ALMOST 140 years of Methodist worship in Guilden Sutton could come to an end.
Trustees at the village’s Methodist church have passed a resolution by an overwhelming majority that the church, opened in 1873, should close.
Dwindling congregations, with only one regular worshipper from the village joining other former local people travelling from outside, are a factor.
The church stands in a prominent location opposite the Guilden Sutton war memorial.
A number of groups use the building and in recent decades the Remembrance Day service has been held there.
The closure involves approval by Chester Methodist Circuit and the Chester and Stoke- on-Trent District of the Methodist Church.
Churches which are due to close are looked at to see if they can be put to an alternative use, such as for another church, or for youth work as part of the Methodists’ overall mission. If nothing comes of this, churches are likely to be put up for sale.
Guilden Sutton Parish Council describes the probable closure as ‘disappointing’ but accepts that if the numbers do not warrant it continuing there is not much else the trustees and minister the Rev Paul Taylor can do.
“We have always had a Methodist church in Guilden Sutton and it is very sad to realise we are going to lose it,” said Cllr Derek Hughes.
Chairman Cllr Trisha Paterson is hopeful a community use could be found.
A worshipper said: “It is very sad to lose such a significant part of the village, which has played a major role in village life in the past.”