Pulling together to raise funds for church building

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A church without a home is finally set get its own £2.5 million building.

Members of Shenley Christian Fellowship are busy fundraising towards the new centre and hope building work will start next year.

On Saturday they are holding a community games day, with everything from a tug of ware contest to indoor bowls.

Entry is £2 for adults and £1 for children.

A fellowship spokesman said: “The community games are part of an initiative to foster community spirit in the wake of the 2012 Olympics.”

He said all funds will go towards the new building, to be named the Oak Tree Centre and sited at Shenley Brook End.

Currently the church members meet at Shenley Brook End school for the Sunday morning services and Shenley Lodge meeting place for the evening sessions.

The Oak Tree Centre will have a hall capable of seating 150 people, a community cafe, meeting rooms, a youth centre and a sports hall.

There will be a central courtyard which can be used as a children’s play area.

Saturday’s fund-raising community games start at 2pm at Shenley Brook End school.

There will be a five a side youth football tournament, children’s races, a bouncy castle, climbing tower, indoor giant games, a craft tent.

A wide range of refreshments will be on offer from food vendors.