St Paul’s Church in Grangetown is set to close in its current form next month, as it prepares to be remodelled – partly as community housing.
The church has chosen the 126th anniversary of its dedication for a service to mark the closure. The Grade II-listed building has been up for sale for eight years, as the Church-in-Wales struggled with fuel bills and an estimated £1.3m cost for maintenance and repairs. During the coldest winter days, services have been switched to the church hall.
But a housing association came forward with an offer which will see the 1890 building shared between the church and social housing for the elderly and disabled. The main church – the 75ft-long nave – will be converted into new flats; the church will eventually operate in a smaller space in the chancel, sanctuary and vestry.
Father David Morris, associate priest at St Paul’s, said it was a “wonderful opportunity” and “an unexpected compromise” after a failure to sell the building. He said following the service – taken by the assistant bishop of Llandaff Rev David Wilbourne – on Friday 5th February (7.30pm), the contents and fixtures and fittings of the church would be “sensitively” removed.
“This service of thanksgiving is a final opportunity for the whole Grangetown community to come together in the St Paul’s Church building for a service of thanksgiving, celebrating all that has been all all that will be,” said Father David.
St. Paul’s became famous in 2005 when it was featured in an episode (Father’s Day) of Dr Who and attracts many Dr Who fans.
During the redevelopment, all services will be held in the church hall, which was refurbished in 2014.