A LONG line of church members made their way to ChristChurch in Finkin Street on Sunday after closing the door at its sister church for the final time.
A service was begun at the church in Castlegate and concluded in Finkin Street, to mark the consolidation into the one church.
A number of items which will now be displayed at the Finkin Street church were carried along, including a special book of memories into which church-goers’ experiences at the church were written.
ChristChurch ministers the Rev Lesley Taylor and the Rev Jane Campbell were joined in preaching by the Rev Kirsty Thorpe, co-moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church.
The Rev Taylor said: “Although there is sadness in closing our Castlegate church, we are excited about the future of ChristChurch as it focuses its work and mission at our church on Finkin Street.
“Sunday marked not just an ending, but a new beginning for ChristChurch - a new stage on our journey as a church.
“We believe that the future holds much promise for us.”
The future for the Castlegate church, which has stood for 140 years, is unclear.
l A ‘Messy Church’ event will take place at ChristChurch tomorrow (Saturday). Families are invited along between 10am and noon to join in craft activities and informal worship.
Messy Church has been held at the Castlegate church on the third Saturday of every month for the past two years.
The Rev Campbell said: “We are moving the activities of ChristChurch into our Finkin Street premises – and that includes Messy Church.
“We look forward to welcoming new faces as well as our regulars.”
‘Messy Church’ is free to attend.