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Peterborough superchurch to open

THOUSANDS of people will attend special housewarming services at a new £7 million church on Sunday, September 24.

THOUSANDS of people will attend special housewarming services at a new 7 million church on Sunday, September 24.The 84,000sq ft Peterborough Community Church building in Staplee Way, Parnwell, Peterborough, has taken 18 months to build.

As well as meeting rooms, offices, kitchen facilities and children's rooms the building contains an auditorium which will eventually seat 1,800 people – 600 more than the Broadway theatre.

On Sunday, five housewarming services are being held in the impressive auditorium for members of the congregation and their friends and family.

Church operations manager Caroline Cameron said there is great excitement among those due to attend.

She said: "It is now almost five years since we began this project, and seeing the church grow day by day has been fantastic.

"The first services were held a few weeks ago, but we wanted to wait until the ground floor of the church was completely finished before we held our housewarming day.

"Five separate services will be held throughout the day and we expect the church to be full each time."

Services will have the theme Living the Dream and will include songs sung by a choir, dance, a short talk and presentations.

The Peterborough Community Church is part of the new church movement and, when formed in 1988, it had just eight members. Now Sunday services are attended by about 1,100 people from Peterborough and the surrounding areas.

Until recently, the church hired space at Peterborough Regional College every Sunday, but services and meetings are now held in the purpose-built church in Parnwell.

Senior Pastor Dave Smith said: "We have a building that will be a home for the congregation. Our vision is to fill it many times over each week. Peterborough is a growing, dynamic city and we are thrilled to be situated here."

About 7 million has been spent so far on purchasing the land, construction work and fitting out the ground floor, and more than 2 million of that was raised through donations from members.

The building is now open but more work is needed to fit out the second floor and the church needs to raise another 2.5 million to finish the job.

People from Peterborough and across the world will be invited to formal opening ceremonies in December.

Article by: Jonathan Sandall,

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