Norwich church celebrates year of growth
2009: Meadow Way Chapel
is celebrating a year of holding its two Sunday morning services at Hellesdon Community Centre
because it has outgrown its original purpose-built premises.
Church chairman, Gavin Struthers, said: "For a number of years Meadow Way Chapel has tried to become more involved in the local community. By 2007 we also realised that our premises could not accommodate any further increase in attendance at the Sunday morning Family Worship Service.
"Various solutions were considered during a period of seeking God's will, then the membership were surveyed. The survey showed that many felt we should be more in the community. So last February our two Sunday morning services, early morning communion and family worship, were moved from Chapel premises to the local Hellesdon Community Centre.
"We were already involved in the community centre, running a Friday afternoon club for the older residents of Hellesdon. We had been asked to take this over when it was in danger of closing due to lack of volunteers willing to organise it."
The club has just celebrated its 60th anniversary and each Friday attracts 60 -100 older people. This club is another contact for the church's full-time community worker, Thelma Robertson
, who works with the older people of the area.
About the same time the church started a coffee morning called "Stage 1 Café" in the foyer of the community centre offering refreshments and the opportunity for a chat.
"There is no doubt that the church now has a much higher profile in the community, with at least some misconceptions about 'church' people allayed, and a number who wouldn't have come to the Chapel, now attend family worship," said Gavin.
Meadow Way is now meeting on Sundays at Hellesdon Community Centre and running other groups there.