An independent church in Chippenham, Wiltshire, celebrated the launch of its new building with a community open day on its ten year anniversary weekend.
Emmanuel Church Chippenham (ECC), which has met in a local school since its formation, bought a former Exclusive Brethren building last October. After several months of extensive renovation work, which included levelling the floor, installing windows and repairing the roof, the building was officially opened on Saturday 2 May.
ECC invited neighbours and friends to a community day featuring a bouncy castle, face painting, crafts, cakes, games and other fun activities.
From hirers to owners
Pastor Spencer Shaw said: ‘For us as a church, having our own building after ten years in a school is an attempt to take the next steps to reach people more effectively with the gospel. Hiring premises to do things is always frustrating and somewhat limiting, and we see our new building as a place that our church can operate from as a spiritual lifeboat station – that is the key phrase we’ve used all along!
‘By starting with a community open day, we are starting as we mean to go on – looking outwards first and engaging with the community around us through fun and friendliness; at the same time being very clear that we are all about the gospel.’
Displays of church members’ testimonies, different areas of church life and varied Christian literature… (click here to read more)