24 January 2020
A New Building for a Merged Church
It is worth thinking back as to where the church came from to be where they are today.
The two Methodist societies at Greetland and Lindwell came together at Whitsuntide 2002. The two buildings were retained and separate services were held in the two buildings. However, there was only one Church Council. From 2007, there was only one service each Sunday, being on an alternate basis between the two church buildings. It was a slow progression to full amalgamation but later in 2007, it was resolved by the church that:
“It is the intention of the Church Council of Greetland & Lindwell Methodist Church to close the church buildings at Greetland and Lindwell and to establish a new church building on the site at Cross Hills, Greetland”.
The church buildings were formally closed in July 2013 and in the intervening 12 months we were worshipping weekly at St Thomas Church Hall. It goes without saying how grateful the church were for the help, support and encouragement received from our Anglican friends. The new church building was completed and opened in June 2014. At that time it was only the building which had been completed and all the external areas had still to be developed. The church are pleased to say that it is now completed and have settled into their new surroundings. As well as the building, a children's play area, labyrinth, memorial garden, quiet garden with "Well" feature were built as well as a car park!
It was a slow but God led process - leading them to where they are today. The lessons learned were:
- Identify key values and priorities
- Being realistic
- Be open, honest, inclusive, transparent and thorough in discussions and decision making
- Obtain appropriate advice at each stage
- Prayer is essential
- Identify God's direction and trust Him
- God is good!
Further information and images can be found on - www.cross-hills.org.uk
Here is an article about the church opening.
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