A thriving church, which members feared may have to close, WILL stay open.
That was the assurance given this week after concerns were raised that Burnley’s Parkside Methodist Church would be forced to close its doors. Concerns were expressed as the church has to find a £10,000 “assessment’’ fee towards the Burnley Methodist Circuit.
But superintendent minister the Rev. Phil Clarke said this week that while Parkside will still have to pay the £10,000, other churches in the circuit have been asked to help foot the bill for other costs at the building in Cog Lane such as heating and lighting.
He said: “Parkside Church is not closing and that has never been the intention. “This is a thriving church and although the membership is small there are between 50 to 70 children and young people going through its doors every week to take part in the huge variety of activities there.
“This assessment fee is paid by every church in the circuit and the amount varies depending on the size of the church. Other churches do pay considerably more.’’
Last year Parkside only paid £5,000 towards the assessment fee but Mr Clarke said it was not possible to offer this type of discount in 2014.
There are nine churches within the Burnley Methodist Circuit, which belongs to the Lancashire District of Methodist Churches of Great Britain. Mr Clarke said that the Lancashire district had also been asked to help out to ease the financial burden for Parkside.
He said: “The Lancashire district is going above and beyond the call of duty for Parkside.’’