WITH the exception of Broad Lane Methodist
Church on the outskirts of Nantwich, the Methodist Church Centre
in Hospital Street is the last of a group of Methodist churches.
It was in 1966 that the
Central Methodist Church in Hospital Street was created from the
amalgamation of the Barony, Pillory Street and Hospital Street churches.
The Barony church is now a
building trade materials centre, the Pillory Street one has been demolished and
the site is a supermarket car park, and the Hospital Church is standing
empty after a plan to convert it into apartments was withdrawn in 2009.
In 2000, the Welsh Row church
became part of the Central Methodist Church. That building is now on the
market for possible office use, although half of it has been taken up.
In 2006, the church people
decided to sell the ornate building across the road from the Schools
building and convert the latter into an all-purpose church centre. See
this Letter from Nantwich for more on that.
The main hall in the centre is
where services are
held and is the place where the Drop 'n'
Shop which looks after church members' children, happens. This means
that a team of people have to move in on Saturday afternoons and clear
away the various items used by the children and set out rows of
Saturday mornings are also the time for
weekly coffee mornings, put on to raise money for the church centre or
one if its organisations which take over running the event.
Local organisations such as the
Nantwich Group of the Family History Society of Cheshire can hire
another of the rooms in the former schoolroom for their activities.
The building also has a small chapel, which
doubles up as a meeting room for church officials, an office, and a
Outside is a traverse wall - a
variation on a climbing wall, but the youngsters travel sideways not
upwards and are never more than a few inches off the floor.
area provides a small car park, and the church has acquired an adjoining
area for additional parking. (See links at the foot of this page).
The altar all set for
the next day's services