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New church to help needy community

Change: Workshops and offices in Oakham Court, Avenham, which the Redeemed Christian Church of God has applied to have converted into a new church

Change: Workshops and offices in Oakham Court, Avenham, which the Redeemed Christian Church of God has applied to have converted into a new church

A new place of worship and community centre could be opened to work with families living in one of the city’s more deprived areas.

The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Haven of Rest, hopes to set up a permanent base and reach out to the Avenham community.

The church has applied to Preston Council to convert a workshop and offices into the new premises, and leaders hope to offer education support, counselling and food bank facilities.

Minister Ike Agbeze said the church would open for Christian worship on Sundays, but the main objective of the new building was for community relationships.

He said: “It’s to engage people in the community.

“Some people have problems so it is to engage people and help out in any way we can, and, at the same time, further Christian worship.

“There will be education support, counselling, and we are having something like a food bank running from it.

“There will be a church service on Sunday morning, but the main thing is community interaction.”

The Haven of Rest, also known as the Lancashire City Fellowship, had been based in Fylde Road but later moved and has been using the Legacy Preston International Hotel in Marsh Lane for fellowship Christian meetings for several months.

Ike added: “We are looking to get the place in Avenham as a more permanent home and so we reach the target – it’s mainly the more vulnerable people.

“When we go in there and start our work in that area it will be visible and everybody will see what we’re doing.”

He said the church had been running in Preston for almost three years, but said: “We need to have a place so that people can come in.”

Plans have been lodged with Preston Council, and will be decided under delegated powers.

 

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