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Work starts on £1million Wickford church
6:00am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
WORK to build a new £1million church in Wickford is under way.
The Independent Christian New Life Church will move into its new home, dubbed Miracle House, next May.
The modern building, in Silva Island Way, will also have a courtyard and cafe.
Church leaders hope it is used as a community facility during the week.
The building works will be carried out by Church Growth Trust, a Northamptonshirebased firmwhich owns a portfolio of church land across the country, which it rents out to churches at a low cost.
NewLife Church is moving on after outgrowing its previous home in New Jersey Gardens, also in Wickford.
Its new building will have enough room for 200 people. Rob Purnell, a member of the church’s leadership team, said: “This is a project that will add value to Wickford.
“The building will be for the people of the church, but we’d love for the wider community to use it too.
“The church has managed to raise £400,000 towards this project and it is just amazing to watch it all grow.”
The Church Growth Trust, which owns about 85 church properties across the country, will pay for the remaining £600,000 of work.
The church’s main room will be used for Sunday services, but it is hoped community groups – with people ranging from youngsters to teenagers and the elderly, will also use it for activities and events.
The cafe will be run by volunteers and be open five days a week.
Giles Arnold, of the Church Growth Trust, said: “This is a very exciting project for us, and while we encourage growth in churches, it is quite exceptional we get the opportunity to build a completely new one.
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