Last service at Falmouth Methodist Church building before sale
Falmouth Methodist Church is due to hold its last service in the building it has lived in for 150 years before it is sold.
While the sale is not yet complete, the church is preparing to say goodbye to its building opposite The Moor this Sunday, January 16, with a service of thanksgiving from 4 p.m.
The Reverend Andrew Mumford, Superintendent of Falmouth and Gwennap Methodist Circuit, said: “It will be with mixed emotions that the Methodist congregation will say goodbye to the building which has been their home for some 150 years, and to a site where there has had a Methodist chapel since 1791.
“The final service will be a service of thanksgiving for the past, of sadness at the sense of loss, and of hope for the future as the congregation moves forward.”
Attending the service will be church members, Falmouth & Gwennap Circuit ministers and other old friends, led by the Reverend Andrew Mumford.
Everyone is invited to join the congregation one last time in the iconic downtown building. Everyone present is asked to wear a face covering.
From January 23, the congregation will worship temporarily in the New Street Theater Hall, belonging to the parish church of King Charles the Martyr. They will continue to hold their offices at 10:30 a.m.
“This temporary arrangement will allow the Methodist community to decide where its future lies. There are hopes for a new building in Falmouth, and a
suitable site is being sought,” Reverend Mumford said.
“In the meantime, we are grateful to our Anglican friends for hosting us and making New Street easier to use.”
It was announced last June that the Methodist building on Killigrew Street was to close and be put up for sale.
At the time, Reverend Mumford said that in addition to the half a million pounds needed to repair the roof, there was around £1million needed to make the building fit for purpose, explaining that although the he location was “brilliant in some ways”, being in the city center it also had many flaws including a lack of parking and poor accessibility.
He has now told The Packet that the Methodist Church is feeling “positive” about the future of the building.
Reverend Mumford said: “If all goes to plan, we are positive about the use of the building for the future, which is important to us.”
He also confirmed that the plan was certainly not to demolish the building, as some community members feared, adding: “It will be there as a building, so people can recognize it and it will always have its place. on The Moor.”
The building has been the venue for many weddings, funerals and events over the years, with the original building on the site dating from 1791. This was followed by another building in 1837, with the base of the existing building completed in 1876 , before major reconstruction during World War II after being bombed.
Reverend Mumford said: “Many people in Falmouth have expressed their sadness at the sale of the building, and many memories have been stirred. It holds a special place in the hearts of many Falmouth residents, many of whom have been baptized or married there.”