The St Andrews Methodist Church closed in 2009. The building was put on the market and a large cash offer was made to create more housing. The Methodist Circuit agreed to explore a mission partnership with Pioneer and rejected the cash offer.
We sent a small team of people in the autumn of 2010 to develop a weekly Messy Church and a regular youth outreach. There are now 60 people, mainly unchurched, attending Messy Church and an average of 50 young people attending the weekly youth drop-in.
Easter 2014 saw another new beginning with the West End congregation of New Community Church joining us there to make it their spiritual home.
New co-operation and partnership opportunities continue to be explored and St Andrews promises to be a place where a number of ecumenical church partners make practical partnership in worship and community life a reality. The outworking of these partnerships include:
- A parent/carer and Toddler group
- Baby branch; providing equipment and resources to parents in need
- Messy Church
- Sunday morning worship
- Impact Youth Group
- Community events and meetings
- Worship music events
- Prayer meetings