Crawley church celebrates building project with community

Crawley United Reformed Church family fun day to mark the completion of the first phase of its regeneration project.   Sprocket The Jester (Darren) made animal shapes with animals - picture submitted
Crawley United Reformed Church family fun day to mark the completion of the first phase of its regeneration project. Sprocket The Jester (Darren) made animal shapes with animals - picture submitted

Crawley United Reformed Church in Pound Hill has held a fun day for the community to celebrate the completion of phase one of a Regeneration Project.

On Sunday (August 23) the church held a special service in the new Sanctuary at which the Moderator for the Area, Rev Nicola Furley-Smith preached. She was assisted by the minister of the church Rev Bridget Banks.

Crawley United Reformed Church family fun day to mark the completion of the first phase of its regeneration project.  The petting zoo was very popular - picture submitted

Crawley United Reformed Church family fun day to mark the completion of the first phase of its regeneration project. The petting zoo was very popular - picture submitted

The service was attended by Crawley mayor, Chris Cheshire with Pound Hill councillor Richard Burrett representing Crawley Borough Council.

The service was followed by a family fun event aimed at families and young children both from the church and in the community. Attractions included a bouncy castle, a petting zoo, with different and unusual species, children’s games and a children’s entertainer, who gave a magic show for the children – and many adults.

A fire engine was booked, but unable to stay for long due to the weather, although it did clear up during the event.

A fairground organ provided background music and our community police officers gave a demonstration on finger printing. The church plans to hold further and more regular events within the community.

Crawley United Reformed Church family fun day to mark the completion of the first phase of its regeneration project. The fairground organ was one of the attractions - picture submitted

Crawley United Reformed Church family fun day to mark the completion of the first phase of its regeneration project. The fairground organ was one of the attractions - picture submitted

The minister Rev Bridget Banks said: “We are delighted with the new church, with a new gold clad façade, which makes a statement that we have a new approach to spread the Mission of the Church in the community and ‘All are Welcome in This Place’.”