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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Carlisle church getting makeover for 21st century worship

Tomorow will be the last day the congregation of St John the Evangelist church in Carlisle worships in its usual home – for the next six months at least.

The church, at the corner of Botchergate and Close Street, is embarking on a £230,000 revamp called Fit for Purpose to bring it into the 21st century.

Vicar Steve Donald will hold services in the sports hall next door.

Improvements will be made to the entrance – removing the internal porch and replacing the old external and internal doors with new glass ones.

This will make the church entrance light and welcoming. And outside a disabled ramp will be installed. Improvements will also be made to the kitchen.

In the nave – the main area of the church – the floor will be levelled and carpeted and underground heating will be installed.

The seating will no longer be fixed to the floor so the area can be used for a whole range of activities by the church and the community.

Rev Donald said: “The refurbishment should take about six months.

“The community will benefit from the new facilities. It will enable the Polish community to use the church for other things asides from worship.”

Money has made through donations and from The Tudor Trust, who have donated £30,000.

Members old and new are invited to the church. Services take place at 10.30am and 6.30pm on Sundays.

Two firms are helping carry out the refurbishment – Swarbrick Associates and Sandysike Construction in Longtown.

The church has a number of pine pews for sale. If anyone wants to buy one, or can help move them from the premises, contact Andrew Titcombe on 016973 45422.

Keep up to date with the church revamp at www.stjohnscarlisle.plus.com/projectdiary.html.

Donations to the church can be made through the website.

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