A new home for a growing church will give a historic Lancaster building a new lease of life.
Moorlands Evangelical Church has been part of Lancaster life since 1940, but started a new chapter in its history in 2005 when it appointed its first full-time pastor, Danny Rurlander.
Since that new beginning – when just 12 people made up the congregation – the church has grown rapidly, and it now welcomes around 240 people on a Sunday morning to Ripley Sixth Form Academy, which it has been renting for the last seven years.
For some time the church has been seeking a permanent home – and has now found it in one of Lancaster’s historic buildings.
The United Reformed Church (URC) building on High Street was built in 1774 as a Congregational Chapel, and has been a church building for the entirety of that time – nearly 250 years.
As the URC put it up for sale, it was feared that this historic legacy might be lost.
But the building has now received a new lease of life as the home for Moorlands Church.
And the church is embarking on an ambitious renovation and modernisation project – retaining the beauty of the original building while extending and remodelling it to become a light, welcoming space for everyone in our city.
As Pastor Danny Rurlander explains: “We want our new home as a church to be a place where we can welcome people of all ages who want to explore the Christian message of forgiveness from God and hope for the future.”
For the time being Moorlands will continue to meet at Ripley Sixth Form Academy on Sunday mornings at 10.30am and in two meetings (9.30am and 11.15am) from September.
All are welcome to join the group on any Sunday.
Two hundred and fifty years of Lancaster church history are bound up in the High Street building – and with this new lease of life, it looks like there are many more to come.