All are welcome - Leaside Church, Ware

Leaside Church and Community Centre in Ware recently marked the completion of its £800,000 building project with a weekend of celebrations.

People came to admire the improvements which have transformed the existing buildings, creating the opportunity for the United Reformed and Methodist ecumenical partnership, to extend its outreach through more activities for children, the elderly and other community organisations.    

As he officially opened the centre, local MP Mark Prisk said: "This is a brilliant link between church and community for everyone in Ware."

A packed congregation attended a service of Dedication and Thanksgiving led by the Revd Kathryn Taylor.

The centre has a new reception area linking the existing church and hall buildings, incorporating a new kitchen with disabled access and toilets. The 1930s hall and meeting rooms have been completely refurbished, providing a range of modern accommodation for church and community use.

The improvements have been made possible through a combination of grants, loans, donations and other fundraising, including generous contributions from the Beds, Essex and Herts Methodist District and the Herts and Essex Border Ecumenical Area.

The Revd Kathryn Taylor commented: "Leaside’s mission is to reach out into the community and connect with people in all walks of life, offering a welcome to all, meeting their needs. The project is already having an impact, with more people attending activities every day of the week."

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