Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry and Nuneaton Methodist churches 'could close'

The Methodist Church in Coventry and Nuneaton says it is looking at closing churches to save money.

A consultation is under way and one option is to close 20 out of 24 churches on the circuit.

Reverend Andrew de Ville, Superintendent of the Coventry and Nuneaton circuit, said nothing has been decided yet as they consult members.

The church says in 2013 it will only be able to sustain four of the current ministerial posts financially.

This would mean four people would have to cover 24 churches.

Consultation document

Church congregations have also fallen with one church currently having a congregation of just two people.

Under the proposals buildings would be sold off to free up money for the church to perform its ministry.

Mr de Ville said: "We haven't made any decisions under these proposals to close churches.

"It's purely a consultation document as we look at what God is asking us to do as the Methodist people in Coventry and Nuneaton's circuit over the coming years.

"I can reassure people that no decisions have been taken.

"It's a consultation document as we look at the future, at the resources we have, which is people and buildings, and how we might best and responsibly use those going forward over the next few years."

He said they were asking members to view the consultation documents and contact them with their feedback.

He added this would then be considered over the next few months before a final decision would be made by the circuit office.

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