Sheffield church gets a new lease of life

Baptist minister reverend Nick Allan at the opening of The Well, the former Endcliffe Methodist Church on Ecclesall Road. Picture: Andrew Roe
Baptist minister reverend Nick Allan at the opening of The Well, the former Endcliffe Methodist Church on Ecclesall Road. Picture: Andrew Roe
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A church which closed its doors after more than 110 years serving Sheffield is to be reopened after being given a new lease of life.

A baptists church called The Well is being launched at the old Endlciffe Methodist Church building, on Ecclesall Road, tomorrow.

Baptist minister reverend Nick Allan (front left) and his team at the opening of The Well, the former Endcliffe Methodist Church on Ecclesall Road. Picture: Andrew Roe

Baptist minister reverend Nick Allan (front left) and his team at the opening of The Well, the former Endcliffe Methodist Church on Ecclesall Road. Picture: Andrew Roe

The church was more recently known as Horizon Methodist Church but ceased its Sunday worship in April, after its congregation dwindled and a refurbishment project failed to get off the ground.

But after hearing the building was available, baptist minister Reverend Nick Allan approached the Methodist Circuit and took over the building.

Nick, who was leader at St Thomas Philadelphia church in Upperthorpe, said: “The church is in a great location, and there’s the opportunity to reach out to students and young adults who are up and down Ecclesall Road all the time.

“I approached the Methodist Circuit about whether they would support us in starting a new church in the premises.

The opening of The Well, the former Endcliffe Methodist Church on Ecclesall Road. Picture: Andrew Roe

The opening of The Well, the former Endcliffe Methodist Church on Ecclesall Road. Picture: Andrew Roe

“It is in a brilliant location. There are people walking up and down regularly, so it is about having a presence of hope and life on the street.

“We have the room to grow and have already had people come in who have seen the contemporary sign and asked what we’re about.”

Nick and a team of volunteers, including his wife Marjorie, have given the building a makeover and created a lounge space and cafe area in the entrance.

Nick, of Nether Edge, added: “We are bringing a contemporary, relevant feel to the church.

The opening of The Well, the former Endcliffe Methodist Church on Ecclesall Road. Picture: Andrew Roe

The opening of The Well, the former Endcliffe Methodist Church on Ecclesall Road. Picture: Andrew Roe

“We are trying to speak the language of people in Sheffield today and make a bridge between society, faith and people’s lives.

“The Methodists did a sterling job for 111 years, so I hope we can continue the presence of God on Ecclesall Road.

“The Methodists have been incredibly supportive and have helped us to remove it.

“We live in a contemporary world, and we’re trying to make the church feel contemporary as well.

The Well will officially open tomorrow with a hog roast and refreshments from 5pm, followed by a service at 6.30pm.

Services will take place every Sunday at 10am and 7pm.

n Visit www.wellsheffield.com for more information.