Bishop Paul dedicated the new St John and St James Church and community centre on June 21st marking the start of a fortnight of fun and activities to celebrate the new church and centre.
The half million pound refurbishment of the former St Stephens URC building in Bootle has transformed the building to make it usable as both a church and community centre. It includes a new side extension and welcome area which will house office space, disabled toilets and community kitchen facilities.
The remainder of the building has been refurbished to create a sustainable and flexible multi-use community space and resource. There is a main hall and another attached hall which can be used for training and other smaller local community activities.
The opening marks the next stage of a long journey by the church community who have not had a permanent base since the old building was demolished in 2010. After worshiping in a variety of places they have worked to raise money to fund their vision of a modern centre for the community.
The fortnight of fun activities will show the range of use the building can have for the community and the church are keen to hear from people with ideas about how they can use it.
Rev Claire Dawson, Vicar of St John and St James said “now our community has a place where people can be married and the young baptised. It is with great joy that we have come to this exciting stage of the journey and with thanks to God who has journeyed faithfully and blessed us in our endeavours”
Bishop Paul said “As we seek to be a bigger church making a bigger difference in our communities, we need buildings and bases that are fit for mission. This church community has been on a long journey of faith as they have looked for a permanent base from which to offer their ministry. I thank God that I am able to be with them today to dedicate and bless their new building which will give glory to God in so many different ways. In offering prayer, study and hymns and songs of praise. In opening the doors to welcome the neighbourhood. In being a place from which the people of God can offer love and service to all in their community. Alleluia!”