Com­mu­nity fo­cus as churches join forces

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Near You -

AIR­PORT City Church on Ep­som Av­enue in Bel­mont is now called Na­tions Church Bel­mont, after it joined with Na­tions Church in Mya­ree.

The churches will now pool their re­sources to ex­pand their scope, Mya­ree Pas­tor Ken Lee said.

“There has been an on­go­ing syn­ergy in our val­ues and vi­sion and our heart for our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

“This is the first time we’ve been able in any sus­tain­able way to reach a uniquely dif­fer­ent part of the city.

“That’s what ex­cites us, to be bet­ter for our com­mu­ni­ties.”

The Bel­mont church has had many names in the past, start­ing out as one of the city’s first As­sem­blies of God churches.

Cloverdale AOG met in a scout hall be­fore tak­ing own­er­ship of an Angli­can build­ing at 240 Ep­som Av­enue.

Pas­tors Ken and Melanie Fletcher have run the church for the past 13 years and it has a strong char­ity fo­cus, in ad­di­tion to a Sun­day morn­ing ser­vice.

“We of­fer a Mums and Minis pro­gram, men­tor­ing in Bel­may Pri­mary School, vouch­ers to help needy peo­ple ev­ery Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day, and on Fri­day we of­fer weekly food ham­pers and gave out 36 last week,” they said.

The church build­ing also hosts the Alta-1 al­ter­na­tive learn­ing school.

The church’s youth pro­gram is now com­bin­ing with the Mya­ree cam­pus on Fri­day nights, trans­port­ing lo­cal youth to events in Mya­ree.

Pic­ture: Elle Borg­ward

Mya­ree pas­tor Ken Lee and Bel­mont pas­tor Ken Fletcher.

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