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Portsmouth MP backs church transformation to serve ‘forgotten’ part of city

Tue 30 Apr 2019
By Eno Adeogun

Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan has voiced his approval of a church’s renovation plan to better serve its local community.

The MP joined local residents to visit St Margaret’s Community Church on Highland Road, Eastney, when it recently opened its doors for the first time in more than three years after it was restructured and declared safe. 

After meeting architects who are drawing up plans to further refurbish the building, Mr Morgan said: “My grandparents were actually married in this church, but it’s the first time I’ve ever been inside.

 

“The building has huge potential to serve a part of our city that often gets forgotten.

“This has been a good opportunity to hear what local people are saying about the place of the church within their community.

“I take away a sense that this church can show compassion to meet the needs of local people, and I’m impressed by the way that the church is already reaching out to them. It has my full support.”

The church closed in 2015 because its roof leaked, its windows needed repairing, and there was a danger of plaster falling from the ceiling.

The relaunch of St Margaret’s Community Church is just one of several new worshipping communities being created in Portsmouth diocese as part of its ‘live, pray, serve’ strategy, which aims to deepen the faith of worshippers, help them to engage better with their local communities, and enlarge their congregations.

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