New church to host open day to discover how it can best serve the community

The Revd Vindra Maraj-Ogden at the new Methodist Church Hemel Hempstead.

The Revd Vindra Maraj-Ogden at the new Methodist Church Hemel Hempstead.

  • First service was held in new church on Easter Sunday
  • Now an open day is being held to invite the wider community in
  • Rev Vindra Maraj-Ogden wants to hear people’s views on what the church can offer to the wider community
  • The family open day is being held on Saturday, May 9
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A newly built church that hosted its first service on Easter Sunday will be opening its doors to the wider community.

The Hemel Hempstead Methodist Church in Northridge Road wants to hear what activities local people would like to see offered from the religious building.

Inside Hemel Hempstead's new Methodist Church.

Inside Hemel Hempstead's new Methodist Church.

People will be able to find out more about what’s already in the pipeline, including work with debt charity Christians Against Poverty and tackling homelessness with Age UK, and give their views during an open day on Saturday, May 9 from 10am to 4pm.

Rev Vindra Maraj-Ogden said: “I want people to know that we want to serve this community, we want to work out how best to serve them and be an asset to them.

“It is not just for 30 to 40 people to sit there on a Sunday morning.

“We want to hear what they think the best uses are for the building.”

It is not just for 30 to 40 people to sit there on a Sunday morning

Rev Vindra Maraj-Ogden

The £2.4 million church has been paid for through the amalgamation and selling off of Hemel Hempstead’s methodist churches to fund a purpose built shared home. Loans have also been taken out to help foot the bill.

The building took more than two years to complete after an unexpected change in builders part of the way through the project.

Rev Maraj-Ogden said: “It has been such a journey. It has been over two years and it’s just wonderful to see how God has provided and how great the building is.

“It’s nice not to be homeless.”

The Revd Vindra Maraj-Ogden inside the new church.

The Revd Vindra Maraj-Ogden inside the new church.

Building began back in December 2012 and during the work the congregation temporarily met at Warners End Community Centre.

Rev Maraj-Ogden praised the work of builders Life Build Solutions.

“They have done a fantastic job coming in and building on someone else’s foundations,” she said.

During the open day there will be fun on offer for all the family including craft activities for children and tours of the building.

To find out more about the church visit www.hhmc.org.uk.