Building Project

The Penketh Methodist Church Buildings were built on the present site in 1860, and before the beginning of the 20th century two extensions were added.

In the 1980s and 1990s there was considerable redecoration and renewal and a point was reached when it was clear that something drastic would have to be done to ensure the future of Penketh Methodist Church.  Major repairs and restoration were considered but eventually it became clear the only option was to demolish the existing chapel it and replace it with a new church and community centre. Fundraising began in earnest as more than of one million pounds would be needed to complete the project.

In early 2008 Planning permission was granted and the old chapel closed in October 2008 and church worship and activities were transferred to the Church Hall with demolition of the chapel finally taking place in April 2009.

Picture1Work to build the new building started 26th April 2010 and as the building took shape generous grants were received from Veolia, Wren, Ibstock, Rank Trust, Methodist Connexion, District, Circuit, Methodist Fund for Property and Norwood & Newton. The old Church Hall was also eventually sold. Early completion of the building project was ensured with a loan from Methodist Chapel Aid. To see our hopes become reality, during a time of national and international recession, is itself an achievement against all the odds, and says a lot about the members of Penketh Methodist Church who have raised a total of £1.16 to pay for the building costs in full.

The keys to the new Penketh Methodist Church and the Olive Tree Community Centre were handed over to the current minister- Rev Sue Smith – on 24 March 2011, nine years to the day after the congregation of Penketh Methodist Church made the decision to rebuild. The building is already serving the local community and plans are in place to develop our work further.

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