The Disciples Church Springfield building is located in the Spring Lake Village shopping centre in Springfield Lakes. It is Springfield's first dedicated church building.
The building was officially opened as a Place of Worship by the Mayor of Ipswich on Saturday the 1st of February, 2014.
This followed a two year process of finalising the purchase of the building and gaining the required approvals to use it as a church.
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.
Originally used as a Mitre 10 hardware store, the internal fit-out had to be changed so that church services could commence. "In it's previous life as a hardware store, it had no internal walls and just a concrete floor, so we had to do some renovations to provide spaces to do childrens ministry, as well as the main worship auditorium," Pastor Gardiner said. The auditorium has a seating capacity of 200.
Parking for the church is available in the shopping centre. "It's quite a good marriage," Pastor Gardiner said. "We don't need many parks through the week when there is peak parking demand for the shops and businesses in the centre. And on Sundays, during our peak times, most of the shops and businesses are closed."
Recently, a dedicated creche was constructed, and walls were added to the front area of the main auditorium to create utility rooms to each side of the front dais.
The church is planning further fit-out work in the future. "When we can afford it, we will be doing some further work on the inside of the building. But for now, it is a very functional space for the church."
The church services are at 8:30 and 10:30am each Sunday, and there are mid-week groups such as Playgroup and DC Youth.