An ambitious project to open a new Christian community centre, based on the site of the former Burton’s store in Wrexham, is due to be completed in January 2021 despite the initial delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Wrexham's local MP, Sarah Atherton, visited the site to see the progress that has been made to transform the site into twenty-first century centre for Christian worship and service. During the visit Sarah met with Rachel and Andy Kitchen who have recently moved to Wrexham to lead the Hope Street project. After being involved in church leadership for over 10 years they "sensed a call to north Wales growing in their hearts, to join the story of what God is already doing in Wrexham and beyond."
Commenting on the progress made, Sarah said:
"No.1 Hope Street, locally referred to as 'Old Burton's is finally being injected with a lease of life after over a decade of laying dormant.
"I was thrilled to meet with Rachel and Andy to see the work that has been put in to transform the site into a community hub, and to hear more about the exciting projects they have planned for the new year.
"From helping the homeless community to providing a place of sanctuary, the redevelopment will play an important role in Wrexham's future as we build back from coronavirus."
Hope Street hopes to engage young people and those wouldn't ordinarily attend church, by creating a friendly, open and relaxed space where people can explore questions of life and faith.
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