From revs to Revs!

P4082872smallA Wroxham church is converting a disused car garage into a brand new worship and community centre.

Wroxham and Hoveton United Reformed Church have been nomadic for the past 42 years, but will now be putting down roots in the centre of Wroxham on the main Norwich Road, opposite The Avenue. Work should commence by July 2012, and should be complete by the winter.
 
The building will be used to expand the church’s work as it serves the community, as well as being available for hire by other community groups. In addition to Sunday services, the church currently runs activities for all ages: a kids club called ‘JAM’, a bi-monthly family fun service called ‘Messy Church’, prayer and healing groups, Bible studies, Alpha courses, and a variety of other one-off social, community and faith-based activities. In October, the church is launching ‘Fresh Ground’, a monthly cafe in the new building with discussion on a challenging or controversial topic.
 
P4082875smallThe minister, the Rev Matt Stone, commented, “We believe that Jesus calls us to serve our communities. We hope to use our new building to grow our work among children and families, to provide a warm and comfortable meeting place, and to bring people together.”
 
The former car garage was purchased in 2010, and the total cost of conversion will be about £250,000, of which £195,000 has already been raised. Grants have been given by the United Reformed Church, the Geoffrey Watling Charity, Broadland District Council, the AllChurches Trust, the Paul Bassham Charitable Trust, Roys of Wroxham and the Pennycress Trust, among others. Well over £30,000 has also been raised by the church and community. Fundraising continues with a Silent Auction on Saturday 18 August at the Norfolk Broads Yacht Club at 7pm, and a Quiz Night on Saturday 15 September at the Broadland Youth & Community Centre in Hoveton at 7.30pm.
 
A Management Committee will be set up consisting of both church and community members for the day to day running of the building. It is intended to instigate a local group of the University of the Third Age (U3A).
 
If you or your group would be interested in using the new centre, or you would like details of the above events, or you would like to make a donation to the project, please contact Rev Matt Stone on 01603 781623 or by email at matt.stone@cantab.net.