NORTH Cerney Methodist Church is set to close as a place of worship after the evening service on Sunday.

The church is closing due to regular flooding of the church hall and increased repair costs.

After this Sunday church members will meet monthly, for prayer and Bible study in their homes.

Gloucestershire Methodist superintendent minister, the Reverand  Dr James Tebbutt said: “With a largely elderly congregation, the repair costs are now disproportionate. After much careful and prayerful thought, they have looked at various options.

 “They have given such good and faithful service to the chapel and the village, and have affectionate memories of its previous work, which has lasted some 134 years. They will be very much in my thoughts and prayers at this time of challenge and change.”

The church was opened in 1891 and today around twelve people regularly attend the church.