As the Congregation filled the Church, we were joined by some past members who had moved on to pastures new and the usual warm, inclusive greeting was given to all.
Before the service, Colin Nelson gave an update on our move to the Triangle and invited short messages, from anyone so wishing, for enclosure in the Time Capsule, which is to be placed in the new site.
The service began with an opening prayer by our Minister, Hilary Howarth; then prayers of approach and confession were led by “Brian Smith and members of the Congregation”.
The Minister's Sermon was entitled: 'The Church I would like to live in', where she gave her views on how she would wish us to progress as a Church, with a goal to build God's Kingdom, by having the courage to take risks and change outdated methods of working where necessary. She urged us to show God's love to others and to believe that we ALL have something to offer Christ. As we enter a new era as a Church, we need to 'dream big', for in this way, not only will our numbers grow, but the faith within us will grow. If we want our Church to glorify Jesus Christ, we need to ask of God - where do you want us to be and how do we get there?
Junior Church then joined us for Holy Communion.
Throughout the service the Faith Band and the organist, Ann Massey, took turns to lead our singing, which was up to its best enthusiastic Methodist standard.
We ended traditionally with Hymn 277, 'This , this is the God we adore, Our faithful unchangeable friend', followed by an invitation to Catriona and Tobias of the Junior Church to take the Cross and Bible forward from Chorley Old Road to the Triangle.
The Congregation were then asked to turn around to face the direction of our new Church and we all sang a chorus of 'You shall go out with joy'.
Chorley Old Road has been a good home, which has seen three former established Churches join together in the Lord's Name to become one and the growing sense of anticipation made the words of this last song particularly apt, especially when we think of the final words of Isaiah, Chapter 55, from which text its words are taken:
'This will be a sign that will last forever, a reminder of what I, the LORD have done'.