A campaign to keep the All Saints Church in Maerdy in Rhondda Cynon Taf open has come to an end today.
The church was officially closed last year by the Church in Wales, prompting parishioners to hold a sit-in in protest.
The Church in Wales offered to give the group of protestors a year's grace to find £400,000 to repair the historic building.
But today the Church's campaigners announced that they cannot accept the lease on All Saints Church in Maerdy.
The Maerdy parishioners said they felt disappointed by the lack of support they've been given:
Despite the Church's closure, spokesperson Barbara Daniel said that their fight had brought about benefits to the community, including the opening of a charity shop.
When the Church's doors were closed, its Vicar was also removed, leading to a month-long sit-in protest by parishioners.
The Church in Wales have responded to todays announcement saying they are disappointed to hear that the parishioners of the All Saints Church in Maerdy have decided not to take up their offer to take over the running of the church but say the news is understandable.
The Representative Body of the Church in Wales which owns All Saints Church say they offered to lease the building in March but are still waiting for a response.
A spokeswoman added they would be willing to meet and discuss any concerns they have about the lease.