Grove Methodist Church and Centre May 2021

by | 5 May 2021 | Community facility, Retford

Scaffolding is up inside The Grove Methodist Church and Centre (known to many in our community as Grove Street Methodist Church). In 2014 concerns about the safety of the ceiling forced them to close off the central part of the sanctuary. Work has just been completed to secure all of the ceiling bosses and replace those that were damaged, making the building safe for use. Now the ornate ceiling is being cleaned and repainted. Once it is returned to use, the sanctuary will provide a safe place for worship and community events, even if these will need to socially distanced until Government restrictions are lifted!
Prior to the COVID-19 lockdowns, the members of the congregation were holding services in the halls at the rear of the premises but now they will have the opportunity of making full use of the worship space once again.
The church has a remarkable history – next year, 2022, will mark the 200th anniversary of worship being held on its site. Built in 1880, the current church is a Grade II listed building of great architectural significance in that the oval sanctuary has not been altered and many of the original features are intact, including the curved gallery, ornately headed columns, sloping floor, pulpit and windows. It was designed by the same Lincolnshire firm that built Retford Town Hall.
Church members are excited about the prospects for the future. Plans are now being made to install an efficient and eco-friendly heating and lighting system, as well as to improve access to the building, complete the decoration and refurbishment of the sanctuary, and reorder the space at the front of the church.The managing trustees are very grateful to have received a £25,000 grant towards this work from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund which is designed to protect heritage sites and ensure that jobs and access to culture and heritage in local communities are protected.