Records suggest that small groups of ‘independent’ worshippers had met as house groups in Leyland in the mid 18th century. By 1836 there were about a hundred adults and ninety children worshipping in rented rooms so, in 1846, the ‘Ebeneezer’ chapel was opened in Water Street, now Towngate, as a Congregational church. Aldi now occupies the site.
In 1877 numbers had grown so a new church building was erected on a site on Hough Lane presented by Mr. McMinnies, manager of Farrington Mill. The architect was David Grant who was a member of the new church and the cost was £6000. Since then many additions have been made to the buildings to provide facilities for numerous organisations and activities. One of these is the Scout Group which was formed as ‘Leyland Congs’ in 1932 and is perhaps stronger now than ever.
James Sumner, joint founder of Leyland Motors, was a deacon of the church early in the last century.
If you wish to learn more about our church’s history please visit the “History” page above where you will find an account of the first one hundred years of our church.
Now part of the Lancashire Area of the North Western Synod of the United Reformed Church, Leyland URC is served by a new minister, Revd David Coaker, (shared with Penwortham URC) and by its own body of elders elected by the church members.
Dave is the 18th minister to serve at Leyland since 1846 with Revd. Philip Kennerley being the longest at 23 years.