OUR STORY.

1963 - A VERY GOOD YEAR!

The Avenue Methodist Church was officially opened by a former Vice President of the Methodist Conference, Dr Marjorie Lonsdale, on 28th September 1963. It was formed following the closure of two other churches in Sale, Wesley and Barkers Lane, and the joining of the two congregations.

MINISTERS

The Church has been served over the intervening years by 7 Ministers each of whom has been much loved by our congregations for the fellowship, friendship and leadership which they have shared with us in this role. They are: Rev Joseph Parker (1963 - 1964) and formerly Minister of Sale Wesley Methodist Church Rev George Weatherill (1964 - 1969) Rev Harry Lannigan (1969 - 1974) Rev Sam Thornton (1974 - 1986) Rev Bruce Deakin (1986 - 1998) Rev Malcolm Lorimer (1999 - 2010) Rev Richard Mottershead (2010 - currently serving)

THE BUILDING

The church building includes a light and airy place of worship set in an octagonal shape - a shape favoured by John Wesley himself. The ancillary buildings offer a more traditional suite of rooms on two levels and an attached large hall. Over the years the building has been well maintained and imaginative adaptations have been made as needs have been identified and resources become available.

Improvements to the worship area have included a redesign of the sanctuary area in 1991 incorporating a raised platform area, carpeting of the aisles and a sound system with inductive loop facility for those with hearing difficulties. More recently a conservatory grand piano has been acquired to supplement the organ and electronic keyboard.

In 2009 a major redesign and refurbishment of the ancillary buildings, including a new entrance area, was completed at a cost of £500,000. This facility, "The Living Well Centre" is an integral part of the church's worship and associated activities and has allowed us to enhance and extend our work and involvement within our local community. It includes excellent dedicated facilities for young children.

THE PEOPLE

The church is not its buildings but its people. At The Avenue we have been richly blessed over the years with a host of people whose Christian faith has been an inspiration and driving force in proclaiming the Gospel and serving our church and local community. Worship Leaders, Fellowship Leaders, Youth Club Leaders, Stewards, Church Treasurers, Administrators, Committee Members, Musicians, DIY Experts, Computer Whiz-Kids and many other talents have been employed in the church and local community!

JOURNEYING

The Avenue Church does not stand still. We are on a journey and ready to follow where the Lord leads us. You are welcome to join us!


Right-The Avenue Church under construction (1962).
Left- Entrance to the church and recently completed Living Well Centre facility.