Future remains unclear as iconic church closes doors

The Mount Methodist Church, Fleetwood.
The Mount Methodist Church, Fleetwood.

The future of one of Fleetwood’s oldest and iconic church buildings remains uncertain.

Mount Methodist Church closed its doors for the final time at the weekend after parishioners met for the last Sunday worship.

But what happens next to the building is still unclear.

A Community Right to Bid application has been made to Wyre Borough Council by a local arts group called Fleetwood Community Plus, to turn it into a multi-purpose arts venue.

If successful, the bid would grant them six months to come up with the money to buy the building.

However negotiations are also underway with the town’s Emmanuel Church to establish a new Christian church at the site.

A spokesman confirmed that a consultation was under way for a possible move but made it clear at this stage that nothing was certain.

Following Sunday’s service parishioner Christine Riley said: “The service was in the form of a songs of praise-style service and the church was full. There was a lovely atmosphere and marked the end of one chapter but the beginning of a new journey for parishioners and hopefully the beginning of a new chapter for the building itself.”

Mount Methodist Church is 105 years old and is being forced to close its doors because of dwindling numbers and financial pressures.