Saturday, 21 February 2009

Falling numbers close Romford church

AN 82-YEAR-OLD church which has struggled to attract a big enough congregation is facing closure.

St John the Divine Church, in Mawney Road, Romford, which survived attacks from the Luftwaffe in the Second World War, could shut in less than eight weeks.

It's Parochial Church Council, the body elected to represent the congregation, opted to close it because of its continued low attendance - an average of 27 people - to its Sunday services.

St John the Divine's PCC voted in favour of closure by eight votes to nil with two abstentions at a meeting in January.

The decision is now awaiting approval from other committees. Read more
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