The High Street Centre, Rawmarsh, home to Rawmarsh Methodist Church in the Rotherham & Dearne Valley Circuit, has received a £400,000 facelift in order to expand what it can offer to the local community.
The church building has been undergoing renovations for a number of years whilst retaining its traditional heritage, however thanks to a grant from the District, the Circuit, Connexion and lots of fundraising a major renovation project has now been completed and boasts a new easily accessible entrance and flexible meeting room. Changes have also been made to the access around the building which allows for more multi use and a lot more space for the local community to congregate more freely.
Caroline Langston, Centre Development Manager said: “Rawmarsh Methodist Church is a traditional building and the reception project aimed to improve the function of the building and give people a warm welcome without losing its Christian heritage and allowing the mission of the church in Rawmarsh to develop further.
“The church building has been improved in stages over many years which has made a significant contribution to the effectiveness of the Church and the High Street Centre Mission, and this final major project has made sure the building it now accessible to all.
“We’ve worked tirelessly to ensure these improvements will benefit our local communities in Rawmarsh and we’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported the project. It’s not been easy but it is great to see the new space up and running.”
Neil Harland, Mission Development Support Worker for Sheffield Methodist District said: “High Street Centre has become a reliably innovative vehicle for transformational mission for the community of Rawmarsh. The new reception is an important next step in making their property fit for this mission and we look forward with confidence to their ongoing partnership with Rotherham & Dearne Valley Circuit”