So where do we start?
on a plot of land not too far away
Meanwhile the building next door was a youth centre, affectionately known to locals as “Spiders”.
The purchase actually took nearly two years to complete.
By June 2015 we had secured enough funding to start work, so we went to take a look at our new forever home. As you can see from the photos it was a bit of a mess!
It was a fantastic day with over 500 people visiting the new facilities during the afternoon – enjoying a free BBQ, fairground rides for the children and music – plus a chance to view the new centre.
The feedback from the local community was amazing with many people being able to remember the old building. We had an official opening ceremony at 4pm where we shared a video to mark the launch (which is at the bottom of this page if you want to see it).
Lillian Greenwood gave some brilliant official opening words and Pastor Stephen shared about the journey leading up to the day and what it means for both Church and community. If you are interested, you can read what he said on his blog page.
“The Church I see is a Church that is not judgemental, instead it is loving and accepting which makes for situations that can be messy and at times confusing. It is not intimidated by confusion and unfazed by mess. It recognises that dysfunction prevails, that for most people life is lived in the grey areas rather than the black and white.”The Church I See | Stephen Hackney