Sheffield’s £100,000 church refurbishment complete

Hillsborough Trinity Methodist Church has undergone a �100,000 refurbishment
Hillsborough Trinity Methodist Church has undergone a �100,000 refurbishment
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A church has undergone a £100,000 refurbishment to transform it into a multi-use space better able to serve its community.

A redevelopment programme was drawn up for Hillsborough Trinity Methodist Church, part of its ongoing commitment to open up the premises as a community resource.

The work, which has just been completed, included modernising rooms to change the old Victorian church with fixed pews into an accessible and flexible space for a variety of different activities.

Church minister Rev Ian Lucraft, who works alongside Rev Katie Leonowicz at Trinity, said: “We are thrilled to bits with the transformation.

“The changes will not only benefit church members but also users such as the scouts, boys brigade and toddler groups, as well as the wider community.”

The new multi-use space, with underfloor heating, will be used for the church’s existing youth and community activities as well as a number of extra activities that have been relocated to Trinity from Wadsley United Reformed Church.

Holiday clubs and other local and festival activities will also benefit from the new space.

A second phase of the redevelopment programme to extend the church is set to commence in the coming months.

The additional space will house a new office, reception and lobby area as well as modernised toilets.

To celebrate the first phase of the programme completing, a special service of re-dedication led by Rev Katie Leonowicz will be held at 10.45am on November 16.

After the main service there will be an unveiling of a new stone in the wall by Hillsborough MP David Blunkett and Rev Gillian Newton, chairperson of the Sheffield Methodist District, to commemorate the changes.

A light buffet lunch will follow at 12noon.

Rev Lucraft said: “We’re inviting people to come to the service to see the changes for themselves.”