North Nibley Chapel to close and be sold off
MEMBERS of North Nibley Tabernacle are making a last-gasp attempt at finding a new leader and constructive ideas before the chapel is closed for good and sold off.
The chapel on Barrs Lane has enjoyed regular attendance from its flock since it was constructed in 1815 but this has dwindled in the last 10 years to the point where at times only four people attend.
Deacon for the chapel, the Rev Richard Morris, said the congregation’s attempts to reinvigorate the chapel’s fortunes had failed and he believed it was time for a new, "charismatic" leader to take over the reigns.
"There’s strong family connections there. There exists at the heart of the village a place of worship that could be transformed into a place many villagers want to be part of," he said.
"It is falling on its face to such a point that it is unsustainable. We have tried as best we can to get some interest but that has failed."
The building will hold its last service at the end of this month and will then be closed for a month before being handed back to its owner, the Congregational Federation.
Mr Morris said it was likely the federation would keep it for another year and, with no other options, would look to sell it.
"The time has come for the chapel to change or die and we would urge you all to think about how you would feel if it were lost and given over to a Tesco Express," he said.
"We would love to hear from anyone with ideas on how to refresh our services, maybe as a lay preacher or with choral singing or even a rock band!
"We, as the old congregation, would offer our full support and encouragement for anyone with the vision for creating a new lively church in this historic building."
For more information and to put forward a proposal, call Mr Morris on 07894 600832.
The chapel’s last service is due to take place on Sunday, September 29 at 6pm and all are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served after the service.
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