Methodist church closes its doors after 87 years due to £60k refurbishment bill

Rev Gwyneth Owen with members of her congregation after the final service to be held at the East End Methodist Church in Corfe Mullen.

Rev Gwyneth Owen with members of her congregation after the final service to be held at the East End Methodist Church in Corfe Mullen.

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THE final service of an 87-year-old methodist church in Corfe Mullen was held last Sunday.

The Rev Gwyneth Owen, minister of Wimborne Methodist Church and superintendent minister of the Christchurch and Wimborne circuits, said that there were mixed feelings at East End Methodist Church, on Wimborne Road, as it closed its doors for the last time.

She said that the congregation were able to balance the sadness they felt at the closure of the church, which opened in 1927, with a celebration of thanksgiving for the time they spent together sharing their faith in God.

She added: “We remembered that we have done so much within the church up until recently, such as the lunch club, fellowship group, and crafts meetings, as well as the christenings, weddings and funerals over the years.

“All homes are only temporary and so, while this church has been our spiritual home for many years, what is permanent is the relationship that we have with God and the faith that we carry with us.

“We have found that many people from the community have gone on to find other churches within Corfe Mullen which they now go to, and will also continue to meet in each other’s houses.”

East End Methodist Church needed extensive refurbishment work, at an estimated cost of £60,000, which the Rev Gwyneth Owen previously said could not be met by the congregation.

She also spoke of how nationally, the Methodist Church is looking at how people can best use local resources, including the number of church premises which are based closely together.

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11:13am Sat 1 Mar 14

Turtlebay says...

Just proves the point that women ministers don't have the right thought patterns to hold office. A male superintendent minister would have suggested the congregation all rally round and do the most urget jobs themselves but being a woman Gwyneth Owen only considers employing profesional builders for the repairs!
Just proves the point that women ministers don't have the right thought patterns to hold office. A male superintendent minister would have suggested the congregation all rally round and do the most urget jobs themselves but being a woman Gwyneth Owen only considers employing profesional builders for the repairs! Turtlebay
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1:02pm Sat 1 Mar 14

elite50 says...

Turtlebay wrote:
Just proves the point that women ministers don't have the right thought patterns to hold office. A male superintendent minister would have suggested the congregation all rally round and do the most urget jobs themselves but being a woman Gwyneth Owen only considers employing profesional builders for the repairs!
Uhh!
Suggest you take a look at the picture. There are only 4 men in it and I would not let any of them take my dog for a walk (if I had one), let alone do any building work.
I always thought that ministers (male or female) were there to sell the brand of religion that they believe in, not construction contracts.
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Just proves the point that women ministers don't have the right thought patterns to hold office. A male superintendent minister would have suggested the congregation all rally round and do the most urget jobs themselves but being a woman Gwyneth Owen only considers employing profesional builders for the repairs![/p][/quote]Uhh! Suggest you take a look at the picture. There are only 4 men in it and I would not let any of them take my dog for a walk (if I had one), let alone do any building work. I always thought that ministers (male or female) were there to sell the brand of religion that they believe in, not construction contracts. elite50
  • Score: 2

1:08pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Keith Lamb says...

Fantastic news; I don’t differentiate or distinguish between any religion, all buildings associated with these adult fairy stories need to be levelled, and the land put to a more peaceful and purposeful use!
Religion is, superstitious, subjective drivel, and has no place in the modern world. The vast majority grow up being introduced with the nativity, the tooth fairy, Father Christmas and ghosts, but we then go to school and adopt mature concepts when introduced to science, and the scientific method of; Hypothesising, predicting and planning, obtaining evidence, analysing the evidence, and drawing a conclusion. The majority of students leave with an understanding of the world around them; unfortunately a minority leave still believing in fairytales, these individuals next stop should be a mental institution, with the state sequestrating their property to pay for their treatment!
Richard Dawkins states in his book the God delusion
“When one person is deluded, its called insanity, when a whole group are deluded it’s called religion”
Fantastic news; I don’t differentiate or distinguish between any religion, all buildings associated with these adult fairy stories need to be levelled, and the land put to a more peaceful and purposeful use! Religion is, superstitious, subjective drivel, and has no place in the modern world. The vast majority grow up being introduced with the nativity, the tooth fairy, Father Christmas and ghosts, but we then go to school and adopt mature concepts when introduced to science, and the scientific method of; Hypothesising, predicting and planning, obtaining evidence, analysing the evidence, and drawing a conclusion. The majority of students leave with an understanding of the world around them; unfortunately a minority leave still believing in fairytales, these individuals next stop should be a mental institution, with the state sequestrating their property to pay for their treatment! Richard Dawkins states in his book the God delusion “When one person is deluded, its called insanity, when a whole group are deluded it’s called religion” Keith Lamb
  • Score: -2

1:57pm Sat 1 Mar 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Keith Lamb wrote:
Fantastic news; I don’t differentiate or distinguish between any religion, all buildings associated with these adult fairy stories need to be levelled, and the land put to a more peaceful and purposeful use!
Religion is, superstitious, subjective drivel, and has no place in the modern world. The vast majority grow up being introduced with the nativity, the tooth fairy, Father Christmas and ghosts, but we then go to school and adopt mature concepts when introduced to science, and the scientific method of; Hypothesising, predicting and planning, obtaining evidence, analysing the evidence, and drawing a conclusion. The majority of students leave with an understanding of the world around them; unfortunately a minority leave still believing in fairytales, these individuals next stop should be a mental institution, with the state sequestrating their property to pay for their treatment!
Richard Dawkins states in his book the God delusion
“When one person is deluded, its called insanity, when a whole group are deluded it’s called religion”
Quite right Keith, agree 100%

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"East End Methodist Church needed extensive refurbishment work, at an estimated cost of £60,000, which the Rev Gwyneth Owen previously said could not be met by the congregation"

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Surely if there is a god, and he is all powerful, all knowing and all seeing, he wouldn't have allowed his own building to get in such a state in the first place. He apparently built the whole universe in 6 days so surely some minor painting and decorating and replacing a few roof tiles would only take him nano seconds to do.

Perhaps he should be hauled before the Council to explain himself.
[quote][p][bold]Keith Lamb[/bold] wrote: Fantastic news; I don’t differentiate or distinguish between any religion, all buildings associated with these adult fairy stories need to be levelled, and the land put to a more peaceful and purposeful use! Religion is, superstitious, subjective drivel, and has no place in the modern world. The vast majority grow up being introduced with the nativity, the tooth fairy, Father Christmas and ghosts, but we then go to school and adopt mature concepts when introduced to science, and the scientific method of; Hypothesising, predicting and planning, obtaining evidence, analysing the evidence, and drawing a conclusion. The majority of students leave with an understanding of the world around them; unfortunately a minority leave still believing in fairytales, these individuals next stop should be a mental institution, with the state sequestrating their property to pay for their treatment! Richard Dawkins states in his book the God delusion “When one person is deluded, its called insanity, when a whole group are deluded it’s called religion”[/p][/quote]Quite right Keith, agree 100% -------------------- --- "East End Methodist Church needed extensive refurbishment work, at an estimated cost of £60,000, which the Rev Gwyneth Owen previously said could not be met by the congregation" ------- Surely if there is a god, and he is all powerful, all knowing and all seeing, he wouldn't have allowed his own building to get in such a state in the first place. He apparently built the whole universe in 6 days so surely some minor painting and decorating and replacing a few roof tiles would only take him nano seconds to do. Perhaps he should be hauled before the Council to explain himself. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 5

3:25pm Sat 1 Mar 14

poolebob says...

Keith Lamb wrote:
Fantastic news; I don’t differentiate or distinguish between any religion, all buildings associated with these adult fairy stories need to be levelled, and the land put to a more peaceful and purposeful use!
Religion is, superstitious, subjective drivel, and has no place in the modern world. The vast majority grow up being introduced with the nativity, the tooth fairy, Father Christmas and ghosts, but we then go to school and adopt mature concepts when introduced to science, and the scientific method of; Hypothesising, predicting and planning, obtaining evidence, analysing the evidence, and drawing a conclusion. The majority of students leave with an understanding of the world around them; unfortunately a minority leave still believing in fairytales, these individuals next stop should be a mental institution, with the state sequestrating their property to pay for their treatment!
Richard Dawkins states in his book the God delusion
“When one person is deluded, its called insanity, when a whole group are deluded it’s called religion”
Well what an interesting but erroneous point of view.
I wonder if you have very bothered to investigate Christianity closely or even bothered to study the Bible or been to church rather than just reacting to hearsay.
The fact is that many scientists both living and dead have considered Christianity and not found it to be wanting Examples such as Newton, Pascal, Robert Boyle and today Francis Collins, Ghillian Prance.
Rather than being fairy tales it points to a relationship with God.

Watch this debate between Richard Dawkins and Alistair McGrath with an open mind I dare you. http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=3LGm0iWPC
80
or come to Lansdowne Baptist Church any Sunday. I dare you
And to answer Sir Beachey Head, God work's through people and of course had the resources to refurbish that church. My own church is just doing a total rebuild for £3M
[quote][p][bold]Keith Lamb[/bold] wrote: Fantastic news; I don’t differentiate or distinguish between any religion, all buildings associated with these adult fairy stories need to be levelled, and the land put to a more peaceful and purposeful use! Religion is, superstitious, subjective drivel, and has no place in the modern world. The vast majority grow up being introduced with the nativity, the tooth fairy, Father Christmas and ghosts, but we then go to school and adopt mature concepts when introduced to science, and the scientific method of; Hypothesising, predicting and planning, obtaining evidence, analysing the evidence, and drawing a conclusion. The majority of students leave with an understanding of the world around them; unfortunately a minority leave still believing in fairytales, these individuals next stop should be a mental institution, with the state sequestrating their property to pay for their treatment! Richard Dawkins states in his book the God delusion “When one person is deluded, its called insanity, when a whole group are deluded it’s called religion”[/p][/quote]Well what an interesting but erroneous point of view. I wonder if you have very bothered to investigate Christianity closely or even bothered to study the Bible or been to church rather than just reacting to hearsay. The fact is that many scientists both living and dead have considered Christianity and not found it to be wanting Examples such as Newton, Pascal, Robert Boyle and today Francis Collins, Ghillian Prance. Rather than being fairy tales it points to a relationship with God. Watch this debate between Richard Dawkins and Alistair McGrath with an open mind I dare you. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=3LGm0iWPC 80 or come to Lansdowne Baptist Church any Sunday. I dare you And to answer Sir Beachey Head, God work's through people and of course had the resources to refurbish that church. My own church is just doing a total rebuild for £3M poolebob
  • Score: -2

12:49am Sun 2 Mar 14

billd766 says...

elite50 wrote:
Turtlebay wrote:
Just proves the point that women ministers don't have the right thought patterns to hold office. A male superintendent minister would have suggested the congregation all rally round and do the most urget jobs themselves but being a woman Gwyneth Owen only considers employing profesional builders for the repairs!
Uhh!
Suggest you take a look at the picture. There are only 4 men in it and I would not let any of them take my dog for a walk (if I had one), let alone do any building work.
I always thought that ministers (male or female) were there to sell the brand of religion that they believe in, not construction contracts.
I suggest you think about building work and thefactthatit is wrapped up in many different codes including H&S, building, plumbing, electrical etc. To get work done on a roof you HAVE to employ professionals to get the building insured later, the same with electrical work. Workers don't come cheap and if you think that you could do it better and cheaper whilst staying within the rules then go there and volunteer to do it at cost.
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Just proves the point that women ministers don't have the right thought patterns to hold office. A male superintendent minister would have suggested the congregation all rally round and do the most urget jobs themselves but being a woman Gwyneth Owen only considers employing profesional builders for the repairs![/p][/quote]Uhh! Suggest you take a look at the picture. There are only 4 men in it and I would not let any of them take my dog for a walk (if I had one), let alone do any building work. I always thought that ministers (male or female) were there to sell the brand of religion that they believe in, not construction contracts.[/p][/quote]I suggest you think about building work and thefactthatit is wrapped up in many different codes including H&S, building, plumbing, electrical etc. To get work done on a roof you HAVE to employ professionals to get the building insured later, the same with electrical work. Workers don't come cheap and if you think that you could do it better and cheaper whilst staying within the rules then go there and volunteer to do it at cost. billd766
  • Score: 0

7:19am Sun 2 Mar 14

funkyferret says...

It's a sign of the times. I wonder if Noah would have ever managed to build his ark if he had Health & Safety and building legislation & purchasing contracts to contend with?
It's a sign of the times. I wonder if Noah would have ever managed to build his ark if he had Health & Safety and building legislation & purchasing contracts to contend with? funkyferret
  • Score: 3

1:15pm Sun 2 Mar 14

Adrian XX says...

Keith Lamb wrote:
Fantastic news; I don’t differentiate or distinguish between any religion, all buildings associated with these adult fairy stories need to be levelled, and the land put to a more peaceful and purposeful use!
Religion is, superstitious, subjective drivel, and has no place in the modern world. The vast majority grow up being introduced with the nativity, the tooth fairy, Father Christmas and ghosts, but we then go to school and adopt mature concepts when introduced to science, and the scientific method of; Hypothesising, predicting and planning, obtaining evidence, analysing the evidence, and drawing a conclusion. The majority of students leave with an understanding of the world around them; unfortunately a minority leave still believing in fairytales, these individuals next stop should be a mental institution, with the state sequestrating their property to pay for their treatment!
Richard Dawkins states in his book the God delusion
“When one person is deluded, its called insanity, when a whole group are deluded it’s called religion”
However, some current, very distinguished scientists are deeply commited Christian believers. One example is Simon Conway Morris, professor of evolutionary paleobiology at Cambridge widely respected in the field of evolutionary biology. Another is Francis Collins, an American geneticist and former head of the Human Genome project. Another is Sir Colin Humphreys, professor of physics at the Royal Institution and Director of Research at Cambridge. This shows that eminent scientists who understand the scientific method very well can still believe in Christianity.
[quote][p][bold]Keith Lamb[/bold] wrote: Fantastic news; I don’t differentiate or distinguish between any religion, all buildings associated with these adult fairy stories need to be levelled, and the land put to a more peaceful and purposeful use! Religion is, superstitious, subjective drivel, and has no place in the modern world. The vast majority grow up being introduced with the nativity, the tooth fairy, Father Christmas and ghosts, but we then go to school and adopt mature concepts when introduced to science, and the scientific method of; Hypothesising, predicting and planning, obtaining evidence, analysing the evidence, and drawing a conclusion. The majority of students leave with an understanding of the world around them; unfortunately a minority leave still believing in fairytales, these individuals next stop should be a mental institution, with the state sequestrating their property to pay for their treatment! Richard Dawkins states in his book the God delusion “When one person is deluded, its called insanity, when a whole group are deluded it’s called religion”[/p][/quote]However, some current, very distinguished scientists are deeply commited Christian believers. One example is Simon Conway Morris, professor of evolutionary paleobiology at Cambridge widely respected in the field of evolutionary biology. Another is Francis Collins, an American geneticist and former head of the Human Genome project. Another is Sir Colin Humphreys, professor of physics at the Royal Institution and Director of Research at Cambridge. This shows that eminent scientists who understand the scientific method very well can still believe in Christianity. Adrian XX
  • Score: 1

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