Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Decatur congregation closes its doors

The Decatur (Ill.) Church of the Brethren in mid-November voted at a church meeting to close the congregation. Attendance had been shrinking for some time, and the church had sold its building about a decade ago and was meeting in rented space.

Decatur has generously donated many of its remaining financial assets to the district to aid in the continuing work of the church in Illinois/Wisconsin. Many of the remaining members have said they hope to join other area Church of the Brethren congregations for worship.

We are grateful for Decatur’s long legacy of ministry in central Illinois and grieve with them in this sense of loss. Official action on the closure and a time of remembrance and affirmation will occur at the 2022 district conference.