HOPES are rising that a disused Victorian church in South Tyneside could be preserved for future generations.
Park Methodist Church in Jarrow recently closed for worship after more than 120 years, because of a falling congregation and escalating maintenance costs.
On the market for offers of more than £150,000, there were fears the historic place of worship would be flattened.
But it’s been revealed that three people interested in buying the property, in Bede Burn Road, all want to conserve the church, which opened in 1885.
Church steward Sylvia Black said: “Park Methodist has only been on the market for about a fortnight, but there has already been one firm offer.
“Both that person and two others who have expressed an interest in the church say they want to preserve the building, possibly to use as a family home, with the church hall being used for another two residential properties.
“It would be great news if the church building is saved, because everyone feared it would be knocked down.
“I think the asking price is very reasonable, which is possibly why there have been people interested so early on.”
In late September, Jacqueline Carney and James Arthur became the final couple to be married at Park Methodist Church, which was specially reopened for the ceremony.
Church officials recently agreed to merge with Monkton Methodist Church to form Monkton Park Methodist Church, in Wood Terrace, Jarrow.
Park Methodist Church is being marketed by property consultants Storeys Edward Symmons.