Doncaster’s newest church, King’s Cross in Hexthorpe, opened its doors to the public for the very first time on Saturday.
The Urban Road Methodist church hosted an open day and around a 1,000 visitors got the first chance to see what is the first purpose-built Christian Church to be constructed in Doncaster for nearly a decade.
Built at a cost of £750,000, cash that was mostly raised by the church’s members, King’s Cross is the first church open its doors since the Salvation Army opened its site at Lakeside in November 2005.
Before that, experts say it is decades since a new build church was last constructed in Doncaster.
“We’re more than delighted, and very pleased it’s finished,” said Richard Iball, part of the church management team that has been working on the project for 12 years.
“I may be standing still, but I’m dancing inside!
“I’m very pleased with how many people have visited today – many of them are not church members but people from the Hexthorpe community and everyone who’s commented has said how beautiful it is.”
The new building – on the site of the former Hexthorpe Methodist Church – features a brand new worship area, a hall, kitchen, a lift and a creche and is the culmination of a decade’s planning by Hexthorpe’s Methodists.
A desire to keeping the work in the community resulted in Hexthorpe-based builders Togel carrying out construction on the project.
Church member of ten years, Tricia Craven from Hexthorpe, said: “It’s a big change from the old building and it just looks fantastic.
“It gives us a chance top more work with the community – we already have a playgroup on Tuesday mornings and we will be able to add more things like that with these great new facilities.”
Iris Hepworth, aged 74, a non-church member, also welcomed the new building.
“I knew the old church and this is fantastic,” she said. “I do come to the luncheon club here and it will be a real pleasure to come into such a wonderful new building. I’m sure the church will make very good use of it.”