Church moves into new town centre premises

Rev Chris Sears (right) being handed the keys to the church building in Robertson Street by Guy Morfett

Rev Chris Sears (right) being handed the keys to the church building in Robertson Street by Guy Morfett

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A NEW place of worship is set to open in an old town centre church.

His Place Community Church is in the process of moving in to the Grade II listed building that used to house the old United Reformed Church in Robertson Street. It is moving from its modest home in Duke Road, Silverhill to the new address which has a capacity of 800 people.

On November 1, Guy Morfett from the Southern Synod, United Reformed Church handed over the keys to the building to Reverend Chris Sears, minister of His Place Community Church.

The official opening, which all are welcome to attend, will take place next Saturday (NOV 30) at 2.30pm, and mayor Alan Roberts will officiate.

Rev Sears, said that although the current congregation numbered around 60, there were plans to recruit new members.

“We thank God for our relocation to this beautiful town centre building from which we are better able to fulfil our God given vision to be a blessing to the whole town and Market Place,” he said.

“We want to build on the foundations already laid in this place through the past generations of people who prayed for our town.”

His Place Community Church was established in 1984, and has been based in Duke Road, in Silverhill for 19 years. The church has also operated a cafe from Kings Road, St Leonards. The move to the town centre premises will enable the church and cafe to be located under one roof.

The Grade II listed building was designed by Henry Ward, and includes a lower ground level in Robertson Street, an upper ground level fronting on to Cambridge Road and balcony levels.