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New £1.5million church welcomes hundreds of worshippers
A NEW £1.5million church located in the heart of Bournemouth held its first service on Sunday after seven years of planning. More than 550 worshippers and special guests packed into the 800-capacity Citygate Church on Holdenhurst Road.
The church has come a long way from holding its services at the empty B&Q store as the development houses a unique combination of a church auditorium and accommodation for 588 students. Church leader Andrew Lawrence said: “There was a real sense of celebration on Sunday as it has been a tough, seven-year journey. We now want to service the wider community and facilitate the growth of Christian worship in the town.”
Citygate Church forms part of the recently-completed student accommodation block known as Dorchester House and provides seven community rooms and space for exhibitions. The Church places a large emphasis on caring for the needy and the vulnerable and has a variety of community activities that seek to help those from difficult backgrounds.
Guy Miller, lead church elder said: “Our vision has always been to build a community centre for the town of Bournemouth and to influence every area, particularly the ones most people tend to try to ignore like the broken, the asylum seekers and the people who are poor.”
Services will be held at 10.30am every Sunday and the church runs a successful parent-and-toddler group every Wednesday during term-time.
Every Thursday the church also has a chance for the elderly in the community to find friendship over tea and homemade cake.
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