St Martin’s Church, West Moors, opens new doors
LAST Sunday saw the official opening of the new entrance at St Martin’s United Reformed Church in West Moors, presided over by The Rev Margaret Tilley. Some 80 members, representatives of other churches and the parish council, local residents and the contractors who had undertaken the work saw Mrs Muriel Cooper, the longest serving member and retired Elder, symbolically cut the ribbon to open the new entrance.
The Ensemble from Verwood Concert Brass Band played introductions and the hymns and Mrs Naomi Lomax sang the Albert Hay Malotte version of the Lord’s Prayer and ‘Bless this House’, to loud applause.
The original entrance was at the side of the church preventing anyone from seeing inside unless they entered the building. A lot of interest has already been shown in the new glass fronted entrance and foyer which enables the community to see into the church with its modern comfortable seating and the illuminated cross at the far end which was recycled out of the timber of the original pews.
Commenting on the project, Church Elder, Christopher Legrand said: “The church hall is already used as a meeting room for local organisations but with the changes made the church has became a multi-functional meeting area as well. In addition to the weekly 10.30am Sunday service, the first additional weekday event is on 4th-6th November when the church will host the St Martin’s Discovery Group with presentations on local, national and world history. Everyone welcome.
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