Why Dewsbury Moor church is flying high

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A WEEKEND of celebration is being planned by a Dewsbury church to mark a milestone in its history.

St John’s at Dewsbury Moor has lined up a full programme of events for completion of the first phase of a major redevelopment of the church. The opening part of the Eagles Wings building project sees the addition of a kitchen/coffee shop, toilets and creation of a large space which can be used by both church and community.

The celebration begins on Friday March 4 with a reception and a presentation by author Christine Leveridge on Dewsbury and District on Old Picture Postcards. On Saturday the church is open for viewing from 11am, with family activities at noon. Later there are talks by Stuart Hartley on The Diary of a Dewsbury Lady and by Dr Graham Hardy charting The First 30 Years of St John’s.

On Sunday there is a celebration service of Holy Communion at 10.30am with guest speaker the Rev Canon John Lawson, followed by a faith lunch.

The Rev Kathy Robertson said: “We want to celebrate with the Dewsbury Moor community and those who have an association with the church, past and present. Although this is a milestone for us and will mean the building can be used in a more flexible way, we know there is still much to do to bring the building project to completion .”

The second phase of the redevelopment will be more expensive and involves major work to the fabric of the church.