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Mayor to open new church extension

This Sunday (February 18) will see the official opening of King’s Church’s new extension by the Mayor of Beverley, Anne Willis, at 2pm.  The new building, on the Jacob’s Well site, just near Aldi, on Swinemoor Lane,  has been constructed by church members themselves, with a little help from friends and other skilled volunteers.

The £60,000 project has taken almost a year to complete and  will add two new community halls and a small prayer chapel  on to the existing church building.

The Rev John Beynon, the church minister who is also the CEO of the Jacob’s Well charity, told Beverley FM: “It has been a huge step for us to build these new buildings.  It has cost us a lot of money, and a huge amount of time and effort.   However, we decided that we really wanted to try and do more to reach out to the young people in our community.

“We plan for half of the new building space to be used for teenagers and young people.  There will be indoor sports tables, such as table football, table tennis & pool, alongside video games and a chill space.  We plan to hold special events as well as regular clubs to try and entice teenagers away from their bedroom screens, and to give them a fun and safe space where they can take part in a range of activities with others of their own age.”

The Rev Beynon also said the church recognised that loneliness can be a huge problem for many, especially for older people.  “We plan to provide regular coffee mornings, lunches and other special events with the aim of helping those who would like a bit of company.  We all need a bit of support from time to time, a place to go and meet new friends, to have a laugh with others or to just share what’s going on in our lives over a nice cup of coffee,” he said.

The halls will also be available for hiring for community groups.  The Rev Beynon told us: “There is a real shortage of affordable space for community groups in Beverley, with some of the guides, cubs and brownies struggling to pay to use school halls as they have done in the past.  Already we have a few groups booked in to use our new facilities, including the Beverley Garland dancers, a guide troop, a home education forum and a toddlers music morning. We hope that many more groups will come and benefit from our new facilities.

“At the heart of King’s Church’s new buildings is a beautiful, small prayer chapel, where daily prayer services will be held.  This room will be open through the day and will provide an oasis of tranquillity for those who want to come by themselves and spend a moment  in quiet prayer or contemplation,” he said.

For more information, visit the church website: www.kingschurchbeverley.org