New lease of life for town church

Inside the refurbished Word of Life Wesleyan Reform Church in Ashington.
Inside the refurbished Word of Life Wesleyan Reform Church in Ashington.
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A church building that has stood in Ashington for more than 90 years has been given a new lease of life.

The Wesleyan Reform Church, on North Seaton Road, has seen many changes over its lifetime, but now the church that closed its doors last April has now reopened.

The Word of Life Wesleyan Reform Church will be holding its services in the building.

An official opening service will be held on Sunday at 10.30am, but an open day for anyone interested in seeing how the building has been transformed will be held on Saturday at 2pm.

As well as Sunday services, the church will be using the building to reach out into the community. Various events will be held there, including coffee mornings and prayer events. Its community choir – Sing for Life – will rehearse there on Tuesdays at 6.30pm.

Pastor Michael and Lindsey Hedley, who lead the church, said: “We are very happy and excited for the future that we can use this building for God’s glory and to reach out in love to the people of Ashington.

“We are both born and bred in the town, having lived all of our lives here, and are excited at the redevelopment of the town centre and we would like support the people here as the town is transformed, and the position of the church geographically will enable us to do a lot of work and be a hub of activity.”

“We would like to thank to the past congregation and the Wesleyan Reform Union for providing us with a wonderful building to serve the community of Ashington.”