A congregation is preparing for a mammoth fund-raising challenge to revamp their church fora second time in a bid to benefit groups across Wyre.
Five years after Poulton Methodist Church raised £500,000 to build a coffee shop and redevelop its worship area and chapel, senior members of the church are now planning a raft of changes to extend the back of the church and accommodate more community groups.
Leaders at the church, which has a 230-strong congregation, say the building has become a focus for the community, and the extra work will allow a greater number of groups to used the facilities.
Alan Sykes, co-ordinator of the development group at the Queensway church, said: “Our church has a unified community and you can go in there any day of the week and find groups in there, not just from the church, but groups where youngsters can meet and there’s lots of support groups for people who have been bereaved.
“We want to extend for people who use the church and we hope people will see this as somewhere everyone is welcome and not just as a place of worship.”
Mr Sykes estimates the work will cost £400,000 and will be raised through a series of fund-raising events such as Christmas fairs and fashion shows, with details to be revealed in the coming months.
How the work will actually be carried out is also still being planned. Planning permission will also need to be applied for.
However it is hoped, if the fund-raising is successful, the new facilities will be open in time for the church’s 50th anniversary in 2015.
Rev Barrie Lees, the church’s minister, added: “It will be a very exciting time. It’s a major project and we are really looking to the future to make this place available for community use in all sorts of ways.
“The hall will be a clear space that people can use for all sorts of things from drama to music and it will be huge.”
Work will create space for groups
The first phase of the church’s redevelopment was completed in 2008 and saw an on-site coffee shop built along with the modernisation of the chapel and worship area.
The Queensway church hopes to raise £400,000 and secure grants to build more space for their various groups including cubs, scouts and bereavement support.
Work is expected to be completed by 2015, if the fund-raising efforts are successful. Planning permission will also be needed.