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Keighley Shared Church: Uniting Methodist and Anglican Churches

Keighley Shared Church Hall opened in 1982 The continued use of the Temple Street Methodist Chapel became increasingly difficult due to the cost of maintaining such a large suite of premises with a dwindling membership. In 1973 discussions were opened with the PCC of the Parish Church. A Declaration of Intent was to be in place by 1 September 1973 to be effective by 1 September 1974. A Sharing Agreement was signed on 21 July 1975. The Temple Street premises were sold to the local Council for £35,000, the memorial windows were removed (with a grant from the Victoria and Albert Museum) and put on display in Cliffe Castle Museum. The old premises are now used as a Mosque. A Methodist Hall was built in the grounds of the Parish Church and was officially opened in September 1982.

In February 2000, the relationship between the two churches was strengthened by becoming a Local Ecumenical Partnership, and we adopted the name Keighley Shared Church.

In 2014, we entered a new chapter of mission and service in Keighley when we welcomed the family service from St Mark's Church, Utley who relocated to the Shared Church, bringing new energy and a commitment to evangelism and discipleship. This paved the way for the merger of our two churches together with St Barnabas, Thwaites Brow, and All Saints into the united Parish of Keighley, which came into effect on 31st May 2016. This is the beginning of an exciting new era for ministry across Keighley, celebrating the distinctive contributions of our four historic parishes.