LifeHouse Church moving
LIFEHOUSE Church has bought the former Marlow Timbers building in Orlando St and will move in next month.
The shift has involved extensive and lengthy renovations and the first Sunday services will be held in the former hardware and timber warehouse on April 3 at 9.30am and 6pm.
LifeHouse, which has one of the Coffs Coast’s largest church congregations, has to leave its present leased premises in Alison St.
Pastor Steve Spence said they had hoped to move straight into a large new church to be built on land the church owns on the hill behind Watsons Caravans in South Coffs Harbour.
Delays and alterations to plans meant they needed an interim solution.
Pastor Spence said the Orlando St site had needed a lot of renovation but would give them much more space in two separate buildings and a ‘huge’ amount of on-site parking in the area once used for timber stacks.
The building closest to the highway will be used for youth and children’s facilities and the other building will house administration and the main church auditorium.
LifeHouse Church has been in Alison St for 24 years and in its present premises for 21 years.
During that time its congregation swelled to about 1000 worshippers who attend services.
Pastor Spence invited interested people to visit the new LifeHouse church, saying they would have a ‘soft’ move and a date for the official opening had not been set. He said the distinctive Marlow’s windmill had been donated to Sherwood Cliffs.
“We figured with good signage we could probably do without it,” he said.
The founder of Sherwood Cliffs drug and alcohol rehabilitation farm, John Pierre Reifler, said he had been trying to get his hands on the windmill for more than 20 years.
“I have asked each successive owner if they wanted to sell it and everyone said ‘no’,” Mr Reifler said.
“Then the church moved in and someone rang me up and asked me if I wanted the windmill.”
The windmill’s trip to its new location involved hiring a crane to lower the structure and “a hairy trip home” with the unwieldy windmill fan on the back of a smallish truck.