Four churches in Eastbourne are to merge to form one church leaving three of the empty buildings up for development.
Central Methodist Church in Pevensey Road, St Andrew’s United Reformed Church in Cornfield Lane, Greenfield Methodist Church in Green Street and Upperton Road United Reformed Church in Upperton Road will join together and become Emmanuel Church.
That church will be on the site of the Upperton Road church, on the junction of Upperton Road with and will involve a complete redevelopment.
Artists’ impressions have been drawn up already.
Reverend David Yule, minister of St Andrew’s and Upperton United Reformed, said “Through concentrating the four congregations into one community in a modern building we will better be able to respond to the local needs.
“The uniting of the four churches reflects both the close relationship between the wider Methodist and United Reformed churches as denominations and the close co-operation between these local churches that has existed for many years.”
Reverend Paul Tabraham, Methodist minister of Greenfield and Central Methodist churches, said, “The name Emmanuel has been chosen for its meaning and message: ‘God with us’.
“This reflects our united belief that God’s love for His world is to be both celebrated and shared.
“God was not only present in Jesus Christ, but continues to be present with us today.”
The clergy says appropriate planning permissions for the redevelopment of Upperton Road Church are being sought through Eastbourne Borough Council and wider consultations are currently taking place.
“With the other church buildings no longer being needed, these sites will in the future be made available for redevelopment,” said Reverend Tabrahim.
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