A CHURCH in Seaton will hold it’s final service after 160 years.

Seaton Methodist Chapel will close its doors after a service at 11am on Sunday, February 16.

The chapel’s secretary Joan Armstrong said: “Everybody is welcome.

“There will be refreshments afterwards with shared memories of the church.

“It is a very sad day because I’ve been going there since I was three.”

The service will be lead by the Reverend Richard Skinner.

The Methodist chapel was built in 1860 and is rich in history as John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, visited the village in 1757.

A plaque is located outside the Pack Horse Inn pub nearby to commemorate the visit.

The special service will celebrate the history of the church, which was the only one in the village when it was built.

Joan said: “We’re hoping that people will come because it’s the last one, it’s very sad but that’s how it goes.”

Seaton Methodist Church is forced to close due to falling numbers of its congregation.

Joan added: “It it 160 years old this year.

“The building needs a lot of work done on it to bring it to standard.”

Two further farewell services were held in the December and January.

A Carols by Candelight service was held on December 22 and as requested by those who attend the services, the chapel will held its Beetle Drive on January 13.

Despite roadworks still ongoing in Seaton in the Causeway Road area, people will be able to access the road to attend the service on Sunday.