Church in Sheffield to close after 105 years

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Churchgoers in Sheffield are preparing to say farewell to their place of worship – which is closing after 105 years.

The United Reformed Church in Wadsley will shut after a closing service on Saturday due to a decline in members.

It only has six members attending regularly now and two of these are aged in their 90s – while the church treasurer is 85.

Elizabeth Aizlewood, secretary and church elder, said: “It’s just so sad. It’s 100 years going down the drain.”

Their congregation will be joining the Hillsborough Trinity Methodist Church, on Middlewood Road, but they will not officially be members of that congregation.

The church, formerly known as the Hillsborough Congregational, houses several community groups including a Scout group, which has been running for 80 years, two parent and toddler groups, which were set up more than 20 years ago, and a Kumon school.

All of these groups will now be accommodated by the Hillsborough Trinity Methodist Church after slight alterations to the building there.

Mrs Aizlewood said: “The community of URC Wadsley will be moving lock, stock and barrel to Trinity in time for the new school year.”

Saturday’s special service at the URC in Wadsley is at 2.30pm. All those who have attended the church or community groups there are invited to attend.

Mrs Aizlewood said: “We are going out with cake and wine. The service will culminate with a time for meeting old friends and sharing memories.”