A new worship and community centre has opened Wroxham! On Saturday 10 August, The Wroxham Hub, home of Wroxham & Hoveton United Reformed Church
, formally opened its doors for the first time. Hundreds of local people visited the new site to see the new facilities, and 130 people turned up on Sunday afternoon for the celebratory opening service. Rev. Kenneth Lynch, the church's previous minister who initiated the project (pictured below), came back to cut the ribbon and preached the opening sermon.
The Wroxham Hub is located at 114 Norwich Road on the site of an old garage. The new centre comprises a worship area, small kitchen, and two meeting rooms and is intended to be a resource for the whole community.
The Revd Matt Stone, minister of the church, explains why the church has taken this bold step. He said: “The church has never had its own building and we wanted the security and flexibility of dedicated premises to enable us to fully live out our vision. I’m excited by the potential of these purpose-built premises to enable us to grow and host a range of new activities to serve the local community. Alongside our existing work with children and adults, we are going to be home to a new Foodbank distribution centre and a weekly ‘Open House’ on Thursdays, when everyone will be welcome to drop in for a coffee, chat and a simple soup lunch. Other community groups, including a new branch of The University of the Third Age (U3A), will also be using The Hub.”
The church purchased the site and submitted plans to develop it more than three years ago. Since then, the church has raised over £245,000 towards the estimated £285,000 cost of conversion. This has been aided by generous donations from the Geoffrey Watling Charity, Broadland District Council, the Norfolk Community Fund, the United Reformed Church, the Methodist Church, the Joseph Rank Trust, and many others.
Church elder Mrs Corrie Mould commented: “We’ve been amazed – and very grateful – by people’s generosity and the number of gifts we have received.”
Mr Stone added: “We hear so much of the church declining in the modern world, but we are testimony to the fact that the church of Jesus Christ is very much alive and active and wanting to positively contribute to the world in which we live.”