Celebration service at the former Ebenezer Methodist Church in Halifax marks 200 years of church building on the site
The service was attended by Mayor of Calderdale, Councilor Angie Gallagher, and her husband, Jim Gallagher.
The congregation included people from the Calderdale Methodist Circuit, Halifax Central Church and Christians Together Calderdale.
Those attending the service included Geoff Butler (Chairman of the New Ebenezer Management Group), Dave Fawcett (Christians Together Calderdale), Heather Smith (Halifax Central Church), Revd’s Colin Sherwood and Vicky Atkins (Superintendent) of Calderdale Methodist Circuit.
Cabbage Lane is a now-unknown street name in Halifax, but 200 years ago it was a rough track at the bottom of Pellon Lane; it is now known as St James Road.
The Halifax of 200 years ago was considered a relatively godless place, prompting the early Methodists in Barnsley to send missionaries who established Methodist societies at Kew Hill (above Blackley), Lindwell in Greetland and Halifax.
The zeal of Halifax residents resulted in a building being erected along Cabbage Lane, which served as the base for many worship services and works in the community until a new building was erected on the site in 1922.
The new building existed as a church until its final service on January 8, 2012.
Since then there has been a partnership between Halifax Food Support Drop In, Halifax Central Church and the Calderdale Methodist Circuit to keep the building open and as a mission location in downtown Halifax.
Geoff Butler has used available information from the past to prepare a brochure which discusses the history of the buildings. The brochure can be had for £5, with all proceeds going to the Food Support Drop In. The cost of the brochures was covered by Calderdale Methodist Circuit.
He said: “The story of how the building and this area of Halifax has undergone tremendous change over the past 200 years, is covered in the booklet, and its continuing Christian witness, was certainly cause for celebration. .
A copy of the brochure can be obtained from partner organizations or by emailing Geoff Butler at [email protected]