United Methodist Church gets OK to use St. Paul's
St. Paul's Lodge on Meadow Street will be used by the United Methodist Church of Litchfield for services. BZ photo
The United Methodist Church of Litchfield will be using St. Paul’s Lodge on Meadow Street for services after the church on Monday received Planning and Zoning Commission approval to make the move.
The church needs a new home because it is planning to sell its 139-year-old building on West Street, the operation and maintenance of which has become too costly.
Planning and zoning granted approval after a public hearing that saw church representatives explain the need to move to St. Paul's Lodge, the home of the Masons and the site of the United Methodist Church from 1830 to 1880. The lodge also was used by the church for a few months in 1980 after a fire damaged the church.
Jim Strub, president of the church's board of trustees, made the case for the move. The Masons, he said, have been welcoming and supportive, as has the community. Some activities will be held in the church until it is sold, he said. Poceeds from a sale would be placed into a fund that could only be used to build a new church, he added.