Whitehill Methodist Church has reopened officially last Saturday after its face lift to celebrate 100 years of the church being in existence. Many local residents and guests attended the opening event of Whitehill Methodist Church, something that has been reported by County Councillor Mary Maxfield.
The opening event was an eye opener. I could not believe that the work had been carried out and completed in 2 months to an exceptional high standard.
The entrance hall is impressive and I am sure that brides will appreciate the area when preparing to walk down the aisle. Beyond this walls have been knocked down to provide an extension to the church area, there are doors which can be opened to extend the church area. New carpet has been laid. A small room off can be used for those who wish to pray. There is a set of stairs leading to a large storage room. As well as these alterations the kitchen and toilets have been refurbished. The decoration is well done and it seems that those responsible for the project have thought of everything.
The event on Saturday was introduced by Rev Speed who then handed over to Alan Batho who went on to describe the project from its inception to fruition. He was followed by a Minister who is responsible for church property thought the area.
Alan explained why the project was called "Footsteps". Apparently many years ago when work was being carried out to the section of the Church facing Whitehill Road (the entrance used to be at the road facing the highway) concrete had been laid early in the morning and someone going to work possibly trod on the concrete and left his footprints. The footprints led away form the church in the direction of the Co-op and I presume that people who decided on the name felt that the footsteps were leading away from the church and into the community to spread its work. I hope I have this explanation correct.
I am sure that everyone would be welcome to view the project and have the opportunity to see what goes on in this vibrant, caring and wonderful Community church.