Construction work has recently commenced for a new Gospel Hall at Milltown, Derriaghy.
The old hall, which had been on the site for over 90 years, was demolished at the end of July and works in connection with the new hall are underway.
Planning for the new building began seven years ago and to allow for more car parking an adjacent area of ground was purchased from the Housing Executive.
The new building will consist of a main hall, minor hall, kitchen, foyer and toilets.
The Architects are Andrew Nesbitt Architects, and the Main Contractor is Matheson Contracts LLP.
The congregation are delighted that works have started and eagerly anticipate the new building.
The Assembly first began to meet just after 1920 at which time a timber framed hall was erected. A new entrance and toilet accommodation was added in 1965.
A testimony to God’s glory and by His grace has been maintained up until now. An active role is played in the community with gospel outreach among young and old and many children attend weekly Sunday School and young peoples’ meetings.
It was particularly pleasing for the elders to welcome the Mayor of Lisburn and Castlereagh, Councillor Thomas Beckett recently, to inspect the plans and view the work underway.
In his role as a councillor, Mr Beckett was extremely helpful with negotiations to obtain the additional ground and with planning issues. The congregation wish to thank him sincerely and other members of his party for their assistance.
While works are underway the assembly are now meeting in a portable building erected at the top of the Derriaghy Road, where it joins the new road. A most suitable site for the temporary hall has been very kindly granted by Mr Bill Porter and special thanks goes to him.
The services held at this location include the Breaking of Bread at 11am and a Gospel Meeting at 7pm each Sunday and a Bible Study each Thursday at 7.30pm. All are invited to attend and will be made most welcome. The Sunday School for children will recommence on the first Sunday of September at 3pm and all boys and girls are invited.