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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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By the Grace of God – a new church is set to open its doors

A NEW community church is being launched in Whitehaven this Sunday.

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Saying grace: Some of the members from Grace Church Whitehaven take a break from decorating the church building

Grace Church will be holding its first official meeting at the former Elim church building, on George Street.

There is already around 50 people in the church community and their aim is to build relationships with others and share the Christian message.

One of the leader’s, Allen Rossi, said: “Relationships is the key – relationships with each other and with God.

“Our heart for the church is for it to be a place where our doors are open, where people don’t feel they have to dress their best. It’s a place where broken people are healed and Jesus changes lives. Church is a place where people should find home and find family.”

The church belongs to Christ Central Churches which is part of New Frontiers – a recognised branch of the Christian church.

The team involved in setting it up are from the town and surrounding areas including Cockermouth, Maryport and Carlisle. The majority of them have been part of King’s Church in Cockermouth before branching out in this venture.

Leaders of the new Whitehaven church are Allen Rossi, Paul Slater and Aaron Travell.

Allen, who is originally from Whitehaven, says he has been part of a leadership team at King’s Church in Cockermouth for a number of years.

In October 2011, he and his wife Sarah gathered a group of people to be part of a team to establish a new church in Whitehaven.

The team has now grown and they have been meeting regularly in the town during the week. For the past 18 months, they have set up numerous events and activities in the community, including quiz nights, acoustic nights and given hampers out at Christmas. They also meet every Friday from 5pm until 6pm at Whitehaven’s Costa.

Allen said: “We want to gather with people and make friends. In a way we are trying to model who Christ was and what He did while He was on earth. It’s an opportunity to have fun, make friends, hospitality and food.”

The format of the Sunday services will be a time of singing, followed by refreshments and a talk from the bible. Kids sessions will also be held.

Plans are in the pipeline for more community events, including mid-week meals together.

Allen said the team has been welcomed by church leaders in the town.

He said: “We are part of the church in Whitehaven. It’s been really positive meeting with other church leaders, they have made us feel really welcome. We see ourselves as part of the church mission in Whitehaven.”

For more information, visit www.gracecw.org or email allen@gracecw.org.

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