In the South
A southern church has purchased an industrial building in Georgetown in the hopes of bringing the community together.
Invercargill's branch of the Elim Community Church is little over a year old and, after using the Fernworth School Hall for its services, has now bought a building of its own.
Church pastor Colin Morrison said it hoped to turn the building into a place the whole community could enjoy.
''We want to be here to help people in the area.''
The most important thing for him was to offer a comfortable place for everyone in the community, Mr Morrison said.
Church services would be run on Sundays but the facility would be free for local groups to use at other times.
There were plans to run a soup kitchen and movie nights.
There has already been interest from a few organisations, including a budget advisory group and a group that helps prisoners reintegrate into society, Mr Morrison said.
It would be a while before the building would be completely finished but, all going well, services would begin in the next few weeks, he said.
Among other things they would need to put in new toilets, carpet and several film projectors.
The church has approached organisations for funding and has had sausage sizzles and garage sales.
The church has spent about $200,000 on the building so far, which is on the corner of Elles Rd and Ettrick St.
- The Southland Times