Wroxham celebrates new worship and community hub
The Wroxham Hub, on the site of an old garage, is a new place of worship and a resource for the whole community ...
The Wroxham Hub, home of Wroxham & Hoveton United Reformed Church in Norfolk, formally opened its doors for the first time on Saturday 10 August.
Hundreds of local people visited the new site to see the facilities and 130 people turned up for the celebratory opening service. Rev Kenneth Lynch, the church’s previous minister who initiated the project, came back to cut the ribbon and preached the opening sermon.
The Wroxham Hub, on the site of an old garage, comprises a worship area, small kitchen and two meeting rooms and is intended to be a resource for the whole community.
The Rev Matt Stone, minister of the church, explains why the church has taken this bold step: “The church has never had its own building and we wanted the security and flexibility of dedicated premises to enable us to fully live out our vision.
“I’m excited by the potential of these purpose-built premises to enable us to grow and host a range of new activities to serve the local community.
“Alongside our existing work with children and adults, we are going to be home to a new Foodbank distribution centre and a weekly ‘Open House’ on Thursdays. Other community groups will also be using the Hub.”
The church purchased the site and submitted plans to develop it more than three years ago. Since then, the church has raised over £245,000 towards the estimated cost of conversion. This has been aided by generous donations from several trusts.