GRANBY – At the 2015 session of Upper New York Annual Conference session affirmed the closure of churches through discontinuance or abandonment.
The Annual Conference body does not close churches; that decision is made by the individual congregations, and is then affirmed at the Annual Conference session.
The discontinued or abandoned churches include:
Granby Center UMC (Discontinued) at 420 County Route 3, Fulton, most recently served by Pastor Dean Flemming
All real and personal property formerly held in trust by these churches is hereby vested in the Conference Trustees, and the Conference Trustees are authorized to sell and convey the real estate in accordance with market conditions.
The balance of the assets formerly of these churches, including the net sale proceeds, shall be transferred to and administered in accordance with the New Beginnings Fund of the Upper New York Conference.
The memberships at these churches are transferred to other United Methodist churches as the individual members select.
The New Beginnings Fund was established at the 2012 session of Annual Conference to provide financial support for new faith community development, revitalization of existing congregations, and to Camp & Retreat Ministries.
The net proceeds from the sale of discontinued or abandoned local church real estate is allocated to the New Beginnings Fund to provide financial resources for the revitalization of disciple-making ministries. Of the proceeds, 80 percent is allocated to the Conference’s Vital Congregations and New Faith Communities ministries.