Baptist Church opens extensions


Alexandra Baptist Church held an open day and barbecue yesterday to clebrate the completion of about $300,000 worth of renovations to its north wing.
Lead pastor Craig Ashby said accessible toilets, a small kitchen and two community spaces had been created, with space for about 15 people in the smaller room and about 40 people in the larger room.
The larger room also had French doors that opened on to outdoor areas, he said.
Mr Ashby said he was looking forward to a range of groups being able to use the rooms.
‘‘We want this to be accessible and available for people.’’
There was space for children to play outside, big screen TVs and Wi-Fi for people to use.
The church was made up of an ethnically diverse community of people, he said.
‘‘We’ve got a big contingent of Filipinos, which is really cool, because that is reflected in the town.’’
Since moving to Alexandra with his wife in 2004 he had seen greater diversity in the town which was ‘‘healthy to have’’.
‘‘It’s been really refreshing to see the diversity and a lot of young families.’’
The renovations were made possible through a $155,000 grant from Central Lakes Trust, $46,000 from the Otago Community Trust and $10,000 from the Alexander McMillan Trust. The remainder was raised by the church.

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