St Keverne Methodist services to move to hall

Falmouth Packet: St Keverne Methodist services to move to hall St Keverne Methodist services to move to hall

Methodist services in St Keverne will be held in the church hall from now on.

The church council voted last week to stop using the Methodist chapel building for the majority of services and instead hold the weekly 11am Sunday worship in the adjacent hall.

It was also agreed that the fellowship of St Keverne Methodist Church should continue as a society.

Rev Steve Swann, circuit minister, confirmed that the chapel building would remain in the possession of the circuit for the foreseeable future and would still be available for occasion services, or for events such as weddings and funerals.

He added: “The subject of the chapel will be decided in the future at some point.”

Rev Swann said the main reason for the move was that the hall was “more versatile.”

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5:40pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

I would not think it financially viable to keep a Chapel for occasional use, the insurance etc would still need to be paid. If the congregational numbers are small enough to warrant using a hall then surely that would be the best permanent option. St Keverne has a Parish Church which could be used for weddings and funerals, after all, we are supposed to have the 'Churches together' policy.
How many of the current members are planning on getting married I wonder, I do not think anyone who does not support the Chapel on a regular basis can really expect it just to be available for weddings etc.
I believe Churches and Chapels should be giving money away to charitable causes, not spending vast amounts of money on buildings, obviously if it is financially viable to retain a Church or Chapel then it is good, but if the time comes when it is not, then using/renting a hall makes sense. It is the service that holds the meaning not the building.
I would not think it financially viable to keep a Chapel for occasional use, the insurance etc would still need to be paid. If the congregational numbers are small enough to warrant using a hall then surely that would be the best permanent option. St Keverne has a Parish Church which could be used for weddings and funerals, after all, we are supposed to have the 'Churches together' policy. How many of the current members are planning on getting married I wonder, I do not think anyone who does not support the Chapel on a regular basis can really expect it just to be available for weddings etc. I believe Churches and Chapels should be giving money away to charitable causes, not spending vast amounts of money on buildings, obviously if it is financially viable to retain a Church or Chapel then it is good, but if the time comes when it is not, then using/renting a hall makes sense. It is the service that holds the meaning not the building. Gillian R.Z. Martin
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