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Tuesday, May 21, 2024
New church will serve as a community centre for region

It looks more like a community centre than a place of worship, but when the mammoth Central Community Church on York Road officially opens in May, it will be a facility that people from across Niagara Region can make use of.

After weathering the COVID pandemic and enduring several years of construction, “the wait is finally over,”  lead pastor Bill Markham said in announcing the official May 1 official opening.

Central Community Church “is inviting residents from all over Niagara to join them as they kick off a Day of Community at their new home” at 680 York Rd. in Niagara-on-the-Lake, he said.

Religious services are planned at 9 and 11 a.m., following which visitors can tour the 74,000-square-foot building, have coffee in the cafe?, dine at food trucks on-site and entertain their children with some family activities.

Registration is not required.

Described as “a state-of-the-art facility,” it includes a large auditorium with multiple basketball and volleyball courts.

The church hopes to rent space to different community, sport and corporate groups during the week. There is parking for 730 cars.

“The goal was to develop a multi-use building that would function to develop community through sport, social gatherings, and unique experiences,” Markham said.

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