Welcome to the 21st century church

Community worker Rachel Hutchinson and youth worker Aaron Scott in the former Central Methodist Church, Green Street, Morecambe.

Community worker Rachel Hutchinson and youth worker Aaron Scott in the former Central Methodist Church, Green Street, Morecambe.

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A CHURCH which closed has now reopened and is breathing new life into the local community.

Central Methodist Church on Green Street in Morecambe closed its doors in January 2011 after the small, elderly congregation could not continue attending.

But since May of last year, a new group of people including Revd Peter Brown, youth workers and volunteers, formed Green Street Church and have organised street parties, and a Valentine’s event.

They are also planning new events such as The Morecambe Prom, a formal prom and awards ceremony and community fun days.

In the past few weeks, a drop-in cafe has opened which is proving very popular, and there is also a toddler group and youth drop in on a Friday. Community worker Rachel Hutchinson said: “We want to breathe a bit of life back into the area. The majority of the kids get a lot of negativity but we want to reward them for positive things.”

Youth worker Aaron Scott said: “Police have said there has been a drop in crime on Friday nights as a result of the club being open.

“Some of these kids are known to the police and now their lives have been turned around. We don’t force our religious beliefs on them but we don’t hide them either.”

Rachel said: “We want to achieve a lot more for Poulton and Morecambe, because it gets a bad rap. Green Street Church is not a normal church, it’s a 21st century church.”

The church desperately needs help from businesses who can donate services to help with events such as the prom. Call Aaron or Gary on 01524 418067.