Christ Church hall ready for relaunch

October 31 2013

Although the hub will cater for up to 60 young people, the main hall area can be used to cope with extra numbers.

THE OPENING ceremony for a £240,000 Youth Hub in the heart of Downend is now just weeks away.

It follows 18 months of building work to the parish hall in North Street on behalf of Christ Church, Downend.

The new-look centre will be revealed during a special opening ceremony on Sunday November 17. The Youth Hub will provide a focal point for young people aged 11-19 to meet and take part in activities and games.

As well a new weatherproof insulated roof, the hall has had a complete makeover inside. 

The old stage area has made way for the rear of the hall to be partitioned off to form a separate facility for up to 60 young people.

The Youth Hub boasts:

coffee bar facilities • games area • large video screen • meeting room • cloakrooms and a toilet adapted to meet the needs of disabled people. 

Initially volunteers will run activities for young people on Thursday evenings and Sundays, but if the demand is there more helpers will be enlisted to open at other times.

Although the hub will cater for up to 60 young people, the main hall area can be used to cope with extra numbers.

The hall will be officially opened with a special dedication following a 10.30am church service at Christ Church, Downend.

The congregation will walk to the parish hall for further hymns and a celebration of the completion of the project.

Rev Paul Peterson said: “Over 1,000 local people use the parish hall every week including the church’s own youth activities. It is true to say that Christ Church really is at the centre of the community which it serves. 

“The improvements and repairs to the parish hall became critical in the church’s mission to serve the local community. Through expanding the programme of youth and community activities Christ Church will continue to play a central part in the life and work of the Downend community.”

Vicar Jonathan Vickery said: “The Youth Hub is coming together and is looking great. 

“It’s a place not just for young people from the church but a centre for the wider community. 

 “The young people at Christ Church have a real passion to connect with other young people in Downend. There’s a real sense of them wanting others to share in the life that they’ve found through their faith and be part of a community that celebrates that life. The Youth Hub will provide a base where they can do that.”

Most of the project has been financed from donations from the congregation but nearly half has come from grants from organisations including SITA Trust; Ibstock Corey Landfill Trust; Downend & Bromley Heath Council; South Gloucestershire Council; All Churches Trust; Mazars; Roger Vere Foundation; Garfield Weston Trust; and the Beatrice Laing Trust.