A HEREFORDSHIRE town will lose one of its churches this month after bosses admitted it was financially unviable.

The local ecumenical partnership for Christ Church in Ross-on-Wye, a partnership between the United Reformed and Methodist churches, voted to close the church at the end of August.

That closure date has now been confirmed as being on Wednesday, August 31.

A spokesperson for the Methodist Church, a Protestant Christian denomination, said it had become apparent that Christ Church, in Edde Cross Street, was "financially unsustainable".


The closure has been confirmed at a church council meeting, and then by the sponsoring body and the two denominations.

The website for the Herefordshire (South & East) Methodist Circuit said that as the building is a Methodist Trust, its managing trustees become the circuit meeting.

That group will in due course make a decision on the sale of the building. 

A service of thanksgiving for the mission and ministry of the LEP and the two congregations will be held on Sunday, August 21 at 3pm, followed by refreshments.


The church said all are welcome, and congregation members will be helped to find a new congregation to join.

​It added that users of the building have all found new premises to meet in.

Ross Meeting Centre is moving to Tudorville Community Centre, with the last meeting at Christ Church on August 31.

After a short break, meetings will restart on Thursday, September 15 between 11.30am and 3.30pm.