Church leaders in Kirton have unveiled a £1.2million building project to create a community hub for the village.
A 300-seat auditorium, cafe, library, shop area, rooms and offices available to charities and voluntary groups are all part of the vision set out by New Life Community Church (NLCC), Kirton.
Currently based on a three-acre site off the A16 in Wash Road, NLCC has marked its 35th anniversary by announcing plans to build a new building on the same site to host both church and community activities.
Pastor Neal Mugglestone, leader of NLCC, said: “We have been at our current site in Kirton for nearly ten years where our intention, as a church, has always been to be a positive asset to the community.
“Our personal vision is that the church would be at the forefront of community life, playing a vital role in providing for local needs, as well as bringing people together as our community becomes more diverse.
“When we first moved to the (Wash Road) site in 2008, we built a small building to house our current church and offices, with the intention of building a much larger church and community hub in the future.
Our personal vision is that the church would be at the forefront of community life, playing a vital role in providing for local needs, as well as bringing people together as our community becomes more diversePastor Neal Mugglestone, leader of New Life Community Church, Kirton
“The time is now right for us to embark on this exciting new project and the plan for this year is to get the foundations which is when we will have an accurate final cost to finish the building.”
Activities currently in place at NLCC include a soup kitchen, night shelter for the homeless, debt centre and job club, foodbank, Little Miracles parents and toddler group, Kirton Library and an over-60s’ friendship group.
The church is also in talks with Age UK and Samaritans about using the building and Mr Mugglestone said: “This project is about enhancing the community and community life in Kirton and we will be seeking funding from as many different places as possible.”
Plans for a new church and community building in Kirton have been backed by parish council chairman Coun Ian Turner and the village’s MP Matt Warman.
Coun Turner said: “I have always found NLCC to be approachable and extremely supportive of events and projects within the villages so I am very supportive of what it wishes to do within the village in the future.”
Mr Warman, whose Boston and Skegness constituency includes Kirton, said: “I fully support the efforts of the team at NLCC in Kirton to secure funding to create a community hub for local groups, businesses and individuals.”