New church welcomed

MEMBERS of Wooler Evangelical Church have held the first services in their new building.

A purpose-built church has replaced the old community centre where worshippers used to meet.

As well as the church worship area, the building has a downstairs hall and a large upper hall, which will be useful for special gatherings and for the children and young people's Friday Club.

Underneath the downstairs hall there is a baptistry, a tiled pool accessed by steps for baptism by immersion.

A service of thanksgiving was held to celebrate the new building. The church Pastor Joe Simms led the service and the speaker was Rev Peter Brumbie from Newcastle, a long-standing friend of many members of the church.

Two open days were held to give people the chance to look round the church, when the new stairlift proved very helpful to those unable to manage the stairs.

The church members are very grateful to their friends at Wooler Brethren who, for ten months, generously gave the use of their premises in Burnhouse Road for all midweek activities and to the staff at the Cheviot Centre where Sunday services were held.