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Disley Methodist Church & Community Hall

Overview:

The new buildingDisley Methodist Church is a lively church providing a range of spaces for worship and other community uses. The original church was built in 1906 but concerns over spiralling maintenance costs, and an urge to develop a more active mission and community life, prompted members to consider starting afresh with a new church and hall. Central to the vision was that the building should function not only as a church, but should also be suitable for community use and be economical to run and maintain. The new building was officially opened on 1st March 2009. Members of the church are very excited with all the possibilities for the future including worship for children with Early Birds and puppets!, Cafe style along with Taize and Celtic worship being introduced.

The members encouraged and supported by the Circuit took on board the project and a building committee was appointed. Eventually a design and build company called Pinelog were appointed due in part to their attractive designs. Pinelog’s architects responded to the brief with a functional design that married Methodist tradition and design innovation. The old church was demolished in January 2008 and replaced by a new single storey L-shaped timber framed structure which was completed in February 2009. This accommodates a church for 100 people, and a multi-purpose hall, office/vestry, kitchen, store room and toilets. Audio visual equipment in both the church and hall areas also ensures a flexible use allowing all the modern aspects of worship and functionality.

Funding was achieved with grants from Norwood and Newton Settlement, All Churches Trust, Methodist Property Fund, WREN and local business support along with High Peak Circuit funding and of course the sacrificial giving of the members of Disley.

 Mr. Keith Chambers cutting the ribbonThe new building was officially opened on 1st March 2009. On hand as special guests were the Mayor of East Cheshire, Councillor Mrs. Thelma Jackson, Sir Nicholas and Lady Anne Winterton (MPs) Councillor Mrs. Jackie Patterson, the Chairman of the Manchester and Stockport District, Rev’d Dr. Keith Davies and representatives of many other churches including the Baptist church, the Catholic Community who also meet at the church and the Salvation Army. The ceremony began by a joint cutting of the ribbon by Mr. Keith Chambers a long serving member and steward and by Sir Nicholas Winterton MP. After a blessing by the Chairman and the singing of a traditional Methodist hymn, the doors were opened and everyone assembled for the unveiling of a special plaque by Mrs Mary Cole, Mrs Connie Lomas and Mrs Margaret Smith, three of the oldest members of the church.

Members of the church are very excited with all the possibilities for the future including worship for children with Early Birds and puppets!, Cafe style along with Taizé and Celtic worship being introduced.

Contact: Disley Methodist Church