Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Gorey Methodist Church
Gorey Methodist Church was opened on 5th January 1840. It was built in the then "new town" of Gorey to accommodate a congregation of oyster fishermen - around 250 to 300 people worshipped there regularly during the boom years of the oyster fisheries.
The last service took place on 6 January 2006, with a sermon preached by the Methodist Superintendent, the Rev David Coote, and a lesson read by the former St Brelade Constable, Enid Quénault.
Read more in the Jersey Evening Post report.
According to the "That Was Jersey" website (last updated 2008), Gorey used to have three Methodist churches. Salem built in 1832 for the French speaking congregation was in Daisy Hill. The church was closed in 1921. That building has had varied uses since then, but is now boarded up. The third was built for the Bible Christians group of Methodists and was in use by them from 1864-1916. Since then it has been used as a cinema, and for badminton, and it is now the home of the Catholic church in Gorey village.
In 2009 Gorey Methodist Church was converted into a dwelling-house. The interior had been sectioned off into smaller spaces with a covered ceiling at eaves level. This was completely stripped out leaving only the trusses and roof in position. A four bedroom house was built in about two thirds of the building leaving a full height atrium at one end. This rises to 14 metres at its apex, making the house within a church a highly insulated eco-friendly high spec dwelling.
For Our World Tuesday.