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Church finds new home in former Penrith bar

Above the Spar. The new home of Influence Church.

Influence Church in Penrith is holding an open day for their new Church building on Burrowgate.

The pentecostal church, which was established in Penrith 3 years ago, has been holding their weekly Sunday services in the Warehouse nightclub. However, they have now leased a premises of their own, right next door.

The new home for Influence Church will be in the space above the Spar shop on Burrowgate.

The building has previously been home to Zanzibar karaoke bar, O’Neils sports bar and before that it was Noah’s Ark soft-play centre. However, since leasing the building in June this year, the Church has been renovating the space, to turn it into a modern and welcoming church building.

Renovations on the old bar are hoped to be completed by the end of the month, with the Church holding Sunday services in the building from September 29th.

A Sunday Church service in the Warehouse nightclub

To mark the occasion the Influence Church is holding an open day on the afternoon of Saturday September 28th, between 2pm – 5pm. Throughout this time members of the public are invited to come and look round the building, perhaps to remember their past visits and to see the completed renovation work. Free refreshments and food will be available during the afternoon and also a free Children’s play space with craft activities.

Once open, the Church is intending to use the building not just for Sunday services, but for many more activities that will be open to the public.

Rev Ben Dowding, senior pastor of Influence Church said: “We love Penrith and we can’t wait to open our new home in the town. We believe in being a Church that is modern in our style, but traditional in our beliefs. A Church where people get explore the Christian faith in a real and relevant way. We want this new building to be a place where people from this community know they are welcome.”

As well as Penrith, Influence Church also has congregations in Richmond, Barnard Castle and Bishop Auckland. With Penrith being their first Church in Cumbria. It is part of a national network of pentecostal churches, called Assemblies of God.

In its desire to connect with the community through modern technology, in addition to the usual website and social media, Influence Church also has a Mobile App. Through which people can watch videos, listen to sermon podcasts and read regular blogs.

Influence Church in Penrith meets weekly for Sunday services at 5pm.

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