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Lexden church moves into former MFI super store
The new home of Kingsland Church
The Lexden church is one of four Kingsland congregations in north Essex

An evangelical church has moved into its new building which was once used as a DIY department store.

Kingsland Church celebrated its move into the former MFI building on the corner of London Road and Straight Road in Lexden on Sunday, 24 January.

The congregation will inhabit the first floor of the building, with an Aldi store set to take up the ground floor.

The church has a 450-seater worship area, large hall, seven meeting rooms and café which is open to the public.

Rev. Neil Loxley said the move from their previous home further down London Road has brought an added dimension to the church.

"We wanted to stay local because we are a local church, but it gives us so much more space," he said.

"Now we've also got a fantastic café reception area that has helped us become even more of a friendlier place than we were. It allows us to do a load more things at the same time, which is wonderful."

Rev. Loxley pointed out the changes made to the building meant it was virtually unrecognisable from its previous incarnation.

"You may remember that MFI was quite dark, very enclosed with very low ceilings and lots of pillars," he said.

Worship hall at Kingsland church
Where once there were shoppers there are now up to 450 worshippers

"We've managed to get rid of a couple of those, raised the roof, put some natural lighting in and made the whole thing quite spacious and beautiful.

"We're delighted with the way it has worked out."

He added he had few concerns about the congregation being juxtaposed with a busy supermarket, except for some possible parking issues on Sundays.

"I don't have a problem with it," he said.

"I'm sure that some of the people will go from here to there after the service on a Sunday and do their shopping as well.

"And I'm sure when we run out of milk in our café that's where we'll be going!"

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