Msgr. Newton has urged supporters of the Ordinariate to help “preserve this church as a place of Christian worship,” and Father Lashbrooke describes how conversations about succeeding the Methodists at Torquay earlier in the year had led to “a very moving final service,” in which “the Methodist minister passed on a light from a candle to express his hope that we might be able to keep the Christian flame burning on this site.”
“But we need to act quickly,” he said, “before the church has to be put on the open market.”
£36,000 has so far been raised towards the £150,000 that the Methodists are asking for the site. Father Lashbrooke is seeking donations and/or a loan to secure the church, which he hopes to renovate at an estimated cost of £62,000 before converting the presbytery for about a further £57,000.
Anyone wishing to donate to the project should send a check made payable to “Ordinariate OLW – Torbay Group” to Fr David Lashbrooke, St Agatha’s Presbytery, 27 Exeter Road, Dawlish, EX7 0BU, UK, or donate via the Ordinariate website.
Greg Dalycovers the UK and Ireland for Aleteia.