Disciples Church Springfield has started services in Springfield's first dedicated church building in the former Mitre 10 hardware store at Spring Lake Village.
Services started on Sunday, December 1. The building will be officially opened as a Place of Worship by the Mayor of Ipswich, Cr. Paul Pisasale, on Saturday the 1st of February.
The church purchased the building in October this year, and has been working on internal fit-out since then.
Disciples Church Lead Pastor, Greg Gardiner, said the purchase was an amazing feat for such a young church. "God gets all the glory for this one," he said, "because we really had no capacity to do this when we first looked at this building." The church inititally enquired about renting the property, but the building needed to be sold.
The church had to raise a deposit, secure a bank loan, and get development approval from the Ipswich City Council to use the building as a Place of Worship.
"None of these things have been easy," Pastor Gardiner said, "and many times we thought it wasn't going to be possible. But we kept praying that if it was God's will for the church to purchase the property, that the obstacles would be overcome, and that's what has happened."
Disciples Church Springfield started conducting public worship services in May 2012, and attendance at its weekly services has almost tripled since then. It has been this kind of growth that has provided the impetus for seeking to establish Springfield's first permanent church building.
"Everyone has been very supportive of the church buying this property," Pastor Gardiner said. "From the Spring Lake Village Body Corporate, the Council, and people in the community, the support has been very encouraging."
The internal fit-out will provide for a worship auditorium with a seating capacity of 200, plus space for children's ministry and a church office.
This building is ideally situated in the service prescinct of one of Greater Springfield's key residential areas, and across the road from the beautiful Springfield Lakes.
"Our ambition is to share the life transforming message of the good news about Jesus with everyone living in Greater Springfield," Pastor Gardiner said.
Church services are at 10am and 5pm each Sunday.