Work to start on new community building for St Paul’s, Penketh

Demolition work is due to start on the old building of St Paul’s Penketh as the first stage of an ambitious plan to create a £1m community and worship centre fit for the 21st century. The work will see an inflexible single use building be replaced with a facility that will help the church make a bigger difference to the community it serves in the future.

Congregation members have already raised over £660,000 towards this visionary project which the church hopes will transform the site of an old, out of repair and increasingly unusable building. The church’s vision, which has been ten years in the making, is to provide a modern flexible building with space for the congregation to worship as well as to offer the local community much needed facilities. The congregation are hoping that the through other funding bids and the support of the community and local businesses they can raise the money to make a facility to be proud of.

Their vision is for a building that can complement and extend the work of the Oaks Community Centre where the congregation has been worshipping. The church has already gained planning permission for the project and is working hard on plans to raise the remaining money to complete this project for the community.

Rev Sarah Peppiatt for St Paul’s Penketh said “this is a momentous occasion and the start of our journey towards having a base for our outreach and worship. Our congregation have patiently and diligently planned and prepared for this moment and we look forward to seeing a new facility emerge on the site. This will be about more than just our church as our vision is to bring the heart of God into the heart of the community so we seek to offer much needed space for local groups and organisations”

Organisations who have already expressed an interest in the building include

West Warrington Community Band
The Community Choir
a Local residents Home
Alzheimers support group

Local MP David Mowat said “St Paul’s has served Warrington wonderfully over the past five years I have been MP. The provision of a second St Paul’s building would benefit the parish hugely in a community of over 12,000 people.”

Ruth Whitworth, West Area Manager for Warrington Borough Council added “St Paul’s Church have already proved themselves capable of running a sustainable community building in the Oaks, and this development will complement this successful project.”

Whilst Ben Lloyd Musical Director for the Warrington West concert band said “this could be the perfect solution for the band and would allow us to continue our rapid growth and development”

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Notes for editors

The proposed facility will include
Foyer/ Breakout Area
Main Hall - with full AV facilities, and sprung floor for dancing
2 larger side rooms, one of these as designated Prayer Room
2 smaller side rooms
Toilets, including Disabled Toilet
Storage space

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