The decommissioning of the Wendon Presbyterian Church signalled the final chapter in its more than 95-year history.
Southern Presbytery moderator Ian Guy said the church had been built for the glory of God and for worship.
He believed the community planned to demolish the old building, which had not been used as a church for up to 20 years.
Mr Guy said the community already had plans for the site.
The church was the hub of the community during wartime and there was a plaque commemorating World War 1 on the building.
The plaque would be preserved on the property.
Riversdale Waikaia Presbyterian minister the Rev John Gullick said the ownership of the site, including the building, was in the process of being transferred to the community.
The decommissioning service was held on Sunday.
“There were about 25 people present, a cup of tea followed and great memories were shared about the church,” Mr Gullick said.
Wendon Hall Committee chairman Neil Baird said a subcommittee had been formed to drive the project.
The subcommittee was keen to build a war memorial on the site, Mr Baird said.
The WW1 commemorative plaque on the old church would be placed on the new memorial, Mr Baird said.