News and views from north Bristol's urban village

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Westbury Church Moves

Eastfield residents will find they have more parking space outside their houses on Sundays from this week as numerical growth has resulted in one of Westbury's popular local churches moving to a larger meeting venue in Southmead.

Henleaze and Westbury Community Church has met for over ten years at the former school building on the corner of Albert Place and Waters Lane, opposite the Westbury Village Hall. The search for a new building to accommodate the 300-strong congregation has been going on for some time and has finally resulted in the move to the Greenway Community Centre on Doncaster Road in Southmead.

The Greenway Centre (pictured) is a former secondary school owned by Bristol City Council and managed by the Southmead Development Trust. The Centre is undergoing major development work to provide upgraded meeting rooms, a sports hall, small business units, a cafe and youth facilities. A new GP facility and Health Centre is also planned for the site. The Centre benefited financially from the sale of part of its grounds in 1999 for the construction of the Next Generation Sports Club.

In a creative partnership between the church and the Development Trust, the congregation is contributing financially to the Centre's renovation costs in return for use of the facilities on Sundays.

The church, meanwhile, has changed its name and is now simply The Community Church. Started in 1993, the church is part of the Woodlands group of churches, with congregations in Clifton and Sea Mills. Church leader Tim Dobson, a former secondary school teacher, is excited about the move and says that "We believe that the church should be actively involved in its community, showing God’s love and concern."

The church will maintain its existing building and will continue to run a large range of mid week activities from it, including its popular IMPS group for parents and carers of pre-school children.

If you enjoyed this post, get free updates by email or RSS.

No comments:

Site Meter