Church moves to new home at the theatre

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A SCARBOROUGH theatre is getting used to hosting performances of a different kind.

Kingdom Faith Church, which has been meeting in the Concert Hall in the Central Library for nearly four years, has now moved to a new venue - the Stephen Joseph Theatre.

Senior Pastor Paul Abell said members were “very excited” about the switch.

He said: “We are delighted to be able to use the Stephen Joseph Theatre. Scarborough is privileged to have the theatre in our town and we know that for many people it may be their first visit to the building. “Hopefully after a visit to church some people will want to book in for a performance or film. The staff at the theatre have made us amazingly welcome and it really is a fantastic venue for us. Our band are really enjoying the opportunity to be on a bigger stage.”

Mr Abell said the team at the library had been very helpful over the years and expressed the church’s gratitude, but added the library building was becoming too small for the growing church.

“Being able to use facilities like the Bar and Restaurant at the Stephen Joseph Theatre before and after the services for coffee and teas is a great advantage for the people coming to the church,” he said. “It makes it so much easier and more comfortable to stay around to chat and catch up with friends.”

He is keen to emphasise that the church is not an exclusive club. With Brian Ward, another leader in Kingdom Faith, he heads up the Street Angels and the new Youth Angels - a voluntary group of young people who patrol the streets of Scarborough in a bid to keep other youngsters out of trouble.

Scarborough’s Youth Angels plan to complement the work of the Street Angels, who are generally older and already patrol the resort late at night.

As a Churches Together in Scarborough initiative, it involves people from many different churches.

Mr Abell said: “This, ‘taking the church to the streets’, just highlights how delighted the church is to welcome people from all different backgrounds.” He added: “With moving to this new venue we really would like to take the opportunity to invite people to come along who don’t normally go to church - after all church in a theatre - it’s got to be something different!

“Never been to church, or perhaps not been for a long time? Please come along and see what’s happening in the 21st Century. You will be very welcome.”

The Morning Celebration happens every Sunday at 11am in the McCarthy Auditorium at the Stephen Joseph Theatre.