Closure of May Hill Methodist Church

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Picturesque May Hill Methodist Church closed its doors for the last time on Sunday 30 June 2019, after 155 years of worship and witness.

In an emotionally charged service Revd Denise Hargreaves paid tribute to people, both past and present, whose faith has shone in their lives. She told the gathering. "Today is a day of hopeful bitter-sweetness. We are suffering and celebrating. Suffering because we can no longer worship here, yet celebrating all the work and good things that have been achieved here".

Almost 18 months ago the tiny chapel helped celebrate church organist Miss Joyce Morse's 100th birthday and she again played her heart out to an overflowing congregation. Local Preacher Alan Morgan has conducted many services at May Hill and produced a 33 page booklet of reflections, readings and prayers. Called 'The tie that binds' it's based on the chapel, its members, villagers, activities, festivals, outings and occasions. He invited the seven remaining members to receive their copy, saying " I hope you will take your copy and it will be a springboard for your memories... someday in your own way, in a quiet moment I hope you will thank God for all this place has meant to you... to all of us over the years".

Built in 1864, the church has been a meeting and eating point for the rural community.

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