AFTER a lot of hard work behind the scenes, Kempsey's My Church has unveiled their new youth community building at a free family fun day event.
Funded through a "My Community Project" grant from the state government, the new facility was one of 248 projects across NSW that received enough votes to receive a share of the $24.6 million fund.
"We would like to thank everyone in the community that supported and voted for our vision of the facility," Senior Pastor Burrell said.
"We were lucky enough to receive $180,000 for our new building, which also includes two new buses and a barbecue trailer.
"Through our own fundraising efforts, we have also been able to open a new youth church."
The facilities will be used for various purposes, including hosting the "Youth Unleashed" Program, which runs Fridays from 5pm, and crisis food relief.
Burrell says both initiatives are part of the local church's efforts to give back and help locals.
"At My Church, we are really trying to instil a sense of community and family, with lots of activities and fun times," he said.
"Our passion is trying to create a multi-generational church and get more people involved.
"The church exists for the community, to help wherever we can, but I think over the years, that purpose has been forgotten."
Kempsey Shire Mayor, Liz Campbell, was one of the many attendees at the grand opening, and was quick to praise the significant contribution My Church has made within the community.
"Pastor Burrill and his family, and all those amazing people involved at My Church have been growing and contributing to our community for many years," she said.
"The vision and planning of the leaders of My Church has delivered first class facilities for young people in the form of Children's Building and also much needed assistance for some of our most vulnerable through the distribution centre.
"These new facilities will touch many lives."
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