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Stokes Valley gets its long awaited new church

Aug 6th, 2009 | By | Category: Features, Latest News, News

churchmainDANCING, children playing, indoor bowling, Samoan singing – and worshipping.

It’s all got very crowded at the almost half century-old Stokes Valley Uniting Church in Hutt Valley.

So they’re doing the only sensible thing: building a new one, at an estimate cost of about $350,000.

As well as church services, the current building accommodates recreational groups such as dancing, a children’s playgroup, a Samoan choir, and indoor bowling.

Plans for the new church were drawn up three years ago, and the approval to build was given by Hutt City Council on April 21, 2008.

The building is expected to be finished in September.

“With any building project, there are a lot of hiccups, so it is very pleasing to see it growing now,” says church secretary Joan Ellicott.

The original site with the church hall was opened in 1962 as a Presbyterian Church, and was merged with the Methodist Church in Hawthorn Cres 10 years ago.

Money raised from the sale of the Methodist site has made the building project possible.

“It will have a positive impact on the community, as the halls are well-used by the community,” says Joan.

The old church hall will remain to be used by community groups, while the church will hold services, weddings, baptisms and funerals.

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