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Last Updated:  Monday, 31 March, 2003, 10:55 GMT 11:55 UK
New building for congregation
A Staffordshire congregation, which has been meeting in a local community centre, will soon have its own building to worship in.

The Bishop of Lichfield has laid the foundation stone for the new St Peter's Church in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

The 1m cost of the project has been met by eight years of fundraising together with donations from a number of other organisations including the Church of England, the Church Urban Fund and Tamworth Borough Council.

The congregation of St Peter's was formed out of the Glascote Heath housing estate in the 1970s and initially met in local homes.

'Community commitment'

It then progressed first to a school and then to a local community centre.

The congregation has now grown to the point where it needs its own building and the new church is expected to be complete by late summer.

The Bishop of Lichfield, the Right Reverend Keith Sutton, said: "It is a very impressive but also useful sign of God's love, interest and commitment to this community, set up in such a splendid and visible place.

"To have this symbol - you can even see it from the A5 - is what our Lord once said: 'a city set on a hill cannot be hid'. This won't be hid and the people will use it and enjoy it."

The building, which will be known as the St Peter's Community and Church Centre, will be available to the local community as well as the congregation and is expected to be open from 0700 BST to late at night.

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