Final prayers at church

END OF AN ERA: The Good Neighbours Group hold their last Christmas party at Broomfield Methodist Church after 15 years.
END OF AN ERA: The Good Neighbours Group hold their last Christmas party at Broomfield Methodist Church after 15 years.

A METHODIST Church has closed its doors for the last time – but its members are looking forward to a bright future.

The original building was constructed in 1867 and formed the hub for methodists in Moorbottom for generations, until the church was rebuilt in 1986. Over the years it has been home to the regular congregation, alongside a playgroup, a good neighbours group and countless Guide and Scout meetings.

Even though the Broomfield Church has closed, the Rev Roger Smith envisages a bright future for the church members under the new united congregation at Cleckheaton Methodist Church, formerly Central Methodist Church.

“The building is closing but the church is the people and they came to the view that the best way forward was to united as one,” Mr Smith said. “The church has a long history and the current building has been serving the community for more than a quarter of a century.”

The final service was held at the end of last month and Mr Smith said the mood was upbeat among the congregation.

“They were thankful for the past and they’re looking forward to the future,” he added.

“Since January there has been just one service per month held at Broomfield, with the rest at Central.

“The closure has been a gradual process and now that we have come together as a fully united church.”

The Methodist Church does not have any firm plans over the future of the old building, but it is thought it could be sold off.

The move provides less of a burden on church officials, who can now pool resources at the renamed Cleckheaton Methodist Church.

Plans are afoot to refurbish the well-used building over the coming years to fully modernise the facilities.

Mr Smith added: “We believe that coming together as one is the best way to serve the community in the future.”

l Do you have any memories you want to share of Broomfield Methodist Church? Contact ben.morgan@ywng.co.uk or ring 01274 874635.