Community focus as churches join forces
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.
Myaree pastor Ken Lee and Belmont pastor Ken Fletcher.