Historic Sheffield church set to close

Horizon Methodist Church on Ecclesall Road in Sheffield
Horizon Methodist Church on Ecclesall Road in Sheffield
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A church in Sheffield is set to close after more than a century after a planned refurbishment failed to come to fruition.

The Horizon Methodist Church – previously Endcliffe Methodist Church – on Ecclesall Road will cease its Sunday worship in April, with the building closing by August and sold.

The 40 church members have voted to close the building after the Horizon@Hunter’s Bar refurbishment scheme – which would have created a coffee shop, meeting rooms and large performance space – failed to get off the ground.

Community groups which meet at the church will now either disband or have to find a new home.

A statement posted on the church’s website said the refurbishment was ‘beyond our means’ and ‘lacking significant support from others’.

It added: “We have limited financial reserves and have been dipping into these over the last few years in order just to keep going.

“We have a huge building which requires a lot of money spending on it to bring it up to current day standards.”