A space for wor­ship and the com­mu­nity

Alpine Observer - - News -


BRIGHT Church of Christ will of­fi­cially open its new wor­ship cen­tre this week­end af­ter the new fa­cil­ity was com­pleted in Au­gust.

Pas­tor Rev­erend War­ren Hodge said the project was ini­ti­ated two years ago with con­struc­tion of the build­ing start­ing in Jan­uary.

“We iden­ti­fied that we were a bit re­stricted es­pe­cially with an ex­pan­sion of young fam­i­lies join our con­gre­ga­tion,” he said.

“It’s about dou­ble the size of the old church and just al­lows us to have more space for a more con­tem­po­rary wor­ship.”

The new wor­ship cen­tre has been built right next to the old cathe­dral in Park Street which will still be used for Sun­day school.

Rev­erend Hodge said it was hoped the new fa­cil­ity will as­sist the church in its en­deav­ours to make fur­ther pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tions to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“We’ve built this for the com­mu­nity not just for us,” he said.

“Our mem­bers are heav­ily in­volved in the com­mu­nity in lo­cal ser­vice and ad­vo­cacy groups as well as through our spon­sor­ship and chap­laincy of the United Bright Foot­ball and Net­ball Club.

“We see this build­ing as fa­cil­i­tat­ing bet­ter com­mu­nity en­gage­ment and we’re invit­ing peo­ple to ap­proach us to use it.”

Fur­ther de­vel­op­ment is also in the pipeline with the Bright Church of Christ re­cently re­ceiv­ing plan­ning ap­proval to build a foyer and new kitchen at the front of the mod­ern wor­ship cen­tre.

It’s hoped the se­cond stage of works will take place some­time next year.

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