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by Jessica Brophy
On Sunday, December 9, a fellowship gathering and a de-consecration service will mark the end of the Surry United Methodist Church after more than 100 years, said Pastor Barbara Drisko.
Drisko said the congregation has dwindled over the years and currently includes about 10 older people.
“They have been very generous and loyal,” said Drisko of the congregation. “But we don’t have sufficient funds to continue.”
The fellowship gathering begins at 2 p.m. at the church at 1279 Surry Road and is open to all, said Drisko. Former pastors will be on hand to reflect and reminisce on the history of the church and its growth over the years.
The de-consecration service will begin at 2:30, led by the Rev. Pat MacHugh, the District Superintendent for the New England United Methodist Church.
“Everything that happens in the church is consecrated to God,” said Drisko. The de-consecration means the church building can be used in other ways.
Drisko said the church building will become the property of the district, which is likely to sell the building.
The de-consecration service is also a time to think about the future, said Drisko. Many members of the church are already seeking new “home churches,” said Drisko. She herself will continue her 18-year service as a pastor, but will likely no longer be in the Surry area where she has served for 13 years.