Church seeks to sell up and move as membership grows

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The Alexandra Elim Church is growing, so it is selling its premises and looking for a bigger space in which its members can meet.

Pastor Aaron More said as the church’s membership had grown by about 50% in the past three years, it had decided to sell its Tarbert St property.

He said it moved to the present site in 2010, after 25 years of renting premises.

“Now, we are looking at bigger buildings within Alexandra,” he said.

“We want to continue to be proactive within the community and we need to have more space for the things we currently do, plus for the next wave.

“We [at present] don’t have office space, and we need more foyer space and more space for the kids.”

In addition, having a bigger venue would be useful as an alternative if bad weather affected planned outdoor events.

“We don’t necessarily have a whole lot of programmes ready to go, but we are always looking for ways we can engage and make a difference.”

About 60 people regularly attended Sunday services, up from about 40 several years ago.

In addition, the church had 10 to 20 children attending on Sundays, ran parenting programmes and was involved in the Alexandra Light Party.

“We are really committed to Alexandra,” he said.

Mr More said more people were attending the church, for a variety of reasons, including finding a practical spirituality that made a difference in their lives, and looking for a sense of belonging to family and community.

“A sense of belonging and being part of something bigger than themselves can make a big difference for people.”

The 1590sq m property, including the 320sq m building, is on three titles. The building has a kitchen, foyer and auditorium and there is a shed.

The property was zoned residential so he was optimistic of good interest, as the residential market was strong.

“We have a one-month deadline for offers in early December.”