Praise the Lord! Hainault church revamp strengthens ties with community

PUBLISHED: 18:34 11 December 2017

St Pauls Church in Clayhall held an opening ceremony for its new link building. Photo by Ellie Hoskins

St Pauls Church in Clayhall held an opening ceremony for its new link building. Photo by Ellie Hoskins

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Parishioners are celebrating the first stage of their church’s revamp.

Members of the St Paul’s Church community in Hainault are thrilled with the £77,000 refurbishment, which has seen a new corridor built between the church and a community hall.

The corridor serves as a metaphor for the church’s connection to Redbridge residents, said Tom Gough, churchwarden, who spearheaded the fundraising.

In his speech to officially open the linkway, at the church in Arrowsmith Road on Sunday, December 3, he said: “I think it looks fabulous and it is a great asset to the public image of the church.

“I feel it is a metaphor for the availability to the community of access to Jesus and as a symbol of access to the community for all in this church family.

“Be bold in sharing your faith with others in your daily lives, whether at work or with your friends and neighbours.”

Members of the church community celebrated the grand opening of the linkway by forming a physical chain between the church and the hall.

Plans to improve the church on a bigger scale by building a big reception area were shelved following the financial crash but improvements to the corridor between the church and the hall were much needed.

Tom said: “It was quite dilapidated, with cold air blowing in all the time.”

The work was kickstarted by parishioners who raised thousands of pounds in one day after the church held a ‘giving day’.

Tom added: “Everyone wanted to help us. We even had a child offer to donate his £11 monthly pocket money for a year.”

Grants were also donated by the City of London, Allchurches Trust, London Over the Border, Grange Farm Centre Trust and the Beatrice Laing Foundation.

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