Living Well Church’s move to Mataura’s Bridge St is part of a “major transformation” of the street, pastor Mike Whale says.
The restoration of the new premises began in January and the finishing touches were being completed, he said.
The move came about after the Pinevale Trust, of which he was a trustee, bought the building on the south side of Bridge St.
The restoration of the building at 15 Bridge St reflected the church’s wish for people’s lives to be restored, Mr Whale said.
“We have a vision of restoration in people’s lives.”
The building had obviously been restored and their goal was “for people’s hearts to be restored as well”, he said.
been through some tough times in recent years but there were reasons for hope.
“In the last six months we have begun to see more growth and new people moving into town,” he said.
The church had a practice run on Sunday in preparation for its official opening this weekend.
There would be prayer and worship evenings on Friday and Saturday before the official opening of the church on Sunday.
The church’s new premises would be more accessible to the community.
“Our church has been in a shed for four years on the edge of town. Now we are moving to a more central and a lot warmer location.
“We are making good use of an old building, which I think people have appreciated.”
Lorraine, also a pastor, began painting the new premises many people had walked in off the street to see what they were doing.
The church started four years ago with six adults and six children but membership was growing.
Despite the church having been in existence for that time, many people might not be aware of it, Mr Whale said.
Mrs Whale said anybody was welcome to come along for the services this weekend.
“It is God’s plan for Mataura to know that he loves and cares about them and we want to represent that to our community with this building,” she said.