Church expands facilities

SPIRITUALITY is obviously flourishing in the Rose City as one local church can't keep up with attendance numbers.

While reports indicate some churches are facing dwindling numbers, the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is set to extend its current facilities by 81 seats.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Warwick branch president Lehi Clark said he was excited about the church's expansion which would extend into the car park behind the building.

“We currently seat 63 people in the chapel but our attendance is at about 90,” Mr Clark said.

“We simply don't have enough space so people are sitting in (adjoining) classrooms and watching (the service) on closed circuit TV.

“The extensions would seat 144 people and would have extra rooms for teaching and more toilets.”

The Warwick resident said he and his family first moved to Warwick in 1995 as a short-term measure but the city's atmosphere proved contagious.

“We love it here and there are about four young families that we know of who are looking to move from Brisbane to Warwick,” Mr Clark said.

“There is such a young family base here; it's great.”

The congregation is keen to keep the “homely” style of the old Queenslander when extending the facilities.

“We love the way it feels, so the extension will be built in the same style,” Mr Clark said.

The proposed extension is seen as a temporary solution as the church has purchased a block of land on the corner of Baguley and Tynell streets.

“We are growing at a rapid pace so we hope to build a new church there in the next couple of years,” Mr Clark said



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