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Upkeep costs behind Jersey church closure

Sion Methodist Church, Jersey
The building was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1999

A Jersey Methodist church is to close after more than 180 years due to a lack of funds for maintenance, a church steward has said.

The last service is planned to be held at Sion church on Sunday 13 June.

Richard Dupre, a Methodist circuit steward, said the church had been funded by Sion nursery school but that is due to close.

He said this, coupled with falling congregation numbers, meant there was a lack of money for upkeep costs.

'Diminishing congregation'

Sion Church, built in 1827, has an average congregation of 60.

Mr Dupre told BBC Jersey: "The nursery which has kept us funded for last ten years has to close at end of the school summer term and that's a source of income that we won't have any more.

"We're a diminishing congregation, we've got an ageing congregation and money needs to be spent on the building and we haven't got the money."

He said the congregation will use the nearby United Reform Church instead.

The Methodist church building was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1999, so cannot be demolished.



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