Destiny Church to reopen after £1.2m refurbishment

Rev Wesley Critchley and Rev Ian Critchley outside Destiny Church.
Rev Wesley Critchley and Rev Ian Critchley outside Destiny Church.
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A church has been given a £1.2m refurbishment to bring it into the 21st century.

Destiny Christian Church in Tuke Grove, Wakefield, has revamped its Victorian theatre to create three floors of rooms for children, youths and community groups.

Funded by the congregation, it also built a new atrium with a new kitchen and theatre-style seats.

The church’s pastors will welcome dignitaries and friends of Destiny to an open day on Saturday, November 29 to see the new facilities.

Rev Ian Critchley said: “Many people’s idea of a church is a few old ladies in a draughty building but our church now has a ‘wow’ factor.

“The building was built in 1859 and it is iconic. We’re so thankful to everyone who helped. This shows the good will of our community.”

Destiny Church has around 400 people attending its Sunday service every week.

The services are filmed by the church’s in-house broadcast team, uploaded to Youtube and viewed by thousands across the world.

The refurbishment took 18 months to complete.

The official opening takes place on Saturday, November 29 from 3pm to 4.30pm.

Visitors can enjoy a buffet, a short film about the construction process and the chance to walk around the new facilities.