Church switches base amid delay

Members of the Renovate Church at The Island, St Annes with Pastor Ann Strickland (left)
Members of the Renovate Church at The Island, St Annes with Pastor Ann Strickland (left)
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A RAPIDLY-growing church has switched temporary headquarters while its move to a new permanent home is delayed.

The Renovate Life Church had been hoping to have moved into the former casino premises at The Island on St Annes seafront by now.

A wide range of facilities are planned for what is intended to be a community centre, with the creation of up to 20 jobs.

But leasing issues have delayed the move, which is now expected to go ahead in the summer.

In the meantime, the church, which has been meeting at St Annes YMCA, has switched temporary base to Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College as it has seen membership more than double to up to 100 attenders at the church’s Sunday meetings.

“Before last summer, we had about 40 people at our services and now we are seeing between 70 and 100 people per week at church,” said the church’s Youth Pastor Pete Turner. “The room at the YMCA was only designed for 80 so it has meant standing room only for some of the meetings.

“Our intended move to The Island has been delayed because there are some complicated clauses in the lease agreements that would have prevented public meetings and the like so we needed to delay it to iron these out.

“But The Island is still very much in our hearts and we are hoping to have the keys within the next few months.

“The delay in the lease and the new venue will allow us to stretch our tent pegs and grow bigger before we move into the planned new community centre.”

Pastor Turner said the new auditorium at the college will give the church room to grow to 300 and praised the ‘amazing’ help of the site team there.

“I think one of the main reasons for the growth is the fresh outlook to church and the life coaching-style preaching,” he added.

Renovate Life Church, which is led by Pastor Ann Strickland, meets at 10.30am every Sunday at the LSA Technology and Performing Arts College on Worsley Road.

Details about the church’s activities are available at www.renovatelifechurch.org.uk