Official opening of £200,000 extension marks dawn of new era for village church

The magnificent new extension which will be officially opened at Cliviger's Mount Zion Church this weekend.
The magnificent new extension which will be officially opened at Cliviger's Mount Zion Church this weekend.
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A church is preparing to celebrate the launch of a new era this weekend with the opening of a £200,000 extension.

The opening of the Community Space extension at Mount Zion Church in Walk Mill, Cliviger will be held on Saturday and special guests are Burnley MP Julie Cooper, Burnley Mayor Coun. Charlie Briggs and Colin Scholes who is the longest serving member at the church.

Building work begins on the extension at Mount Zion Church last year

Building work begins on the extension at Mount Zion Church last year

The church is open for browsing from 10am until 1pm with displays of church activities and members have invited neighbours and residents to go along and tell them how they can offer activities that will complement those already offered by community venues in the village.

Special commemorative wild flower seed packets will be handed out as a thank you for answering a short survey.

The church is also offering lots of community activities throughout the following week including dance sessions and boxing based keep fit for teenagers.

Other attractions include a craft afternoon supported by Gawthorpe Textiles, a community information event, a mens supper club, with a retired jet pilot speaking, a respite cafe session and a Macmillan coffee morning.

The "Inclusive access and Community Space project" began in 2015, after planning permission was granted.

Since then, the church family, friends, neighbours, large grant organisations and small donors have all contributed to raise £208,392 required.

The church is also grateful to the Lancashire Environment Fund, Garfield Weston, All Churches Trust, Scottish Power, Cliviger Social Fund and to many other people who have worked so hard to raise funds and give so generously.

Building work began in June last year and it was handed over last month.

Church members are thrilled with the installation of a lifting platform which will help those unable to negotiate the 22 steps leading to the church.

There is also a multi functional community area, ideal for meetings, and thanks to Scottish Power and the Cliviger Community Fund the church has been given a mini facelift including re-decoration of the church hall and the laying of a safe play surface at the back of the building for the pre-school group.

All details of the events being held to attract more people are advertised out the church and also on the website www.mountzion.co.uk and facebook Mount Zion Church Cliviger and via Cliviger News.