Growing church celebrates start of a new era as hundreds gather in new worship and community space

Trinity Church in Nottingham celebrated a landmark day on Sunday (October 7) when hundreds of people gathered for the official opening of its new worship space.

The £1.7 million project to renovate an historic auction house – Neales – was supported by a £22,000 grant from Allchurches Trust in December 2017, complementing an impressive fundraising effort by the congregation of this thriving new resource church.

While the new large worship space in the upstairs of this historic property in the heart of Nottingham will be able to host more than 500 people, the project has also freed up the downstairs space for kids’ church and a host of activities for young people and the wider community.

This new church - dedicated at its first service by Rt Rev Paul Williams, the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, in Easter 2017 – was filled with over 400 worshippers on Sunday for its first ever Sunday service. It was led by preachers Nicky and Pippa Gumble.

The renovated church building will also include a café, art gallery for exhibition use by students and local creative industries and space for community use.

Trinity Church Nottingham began when the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham invited a team from Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB) to plant a city centre resourcing church.

The congregation initially met in front rooms, kitchens and offices to worship and pray before until the Diocese acquired the former Neale’s Auction House on Mansfield Road.

Trustee of Allchurches Trust, Michael Arlington, said: “It was wonderful to see everything come together on Sunday as the congregation celebrated the new worship space and the opportunities this renovation project will open up for local people of all ages.

“It will pave the way for community regeneration and engagement, as well as protecting an important part of the city’s heritage and promoting the arts.”