Newport church re-opens for worship after £1.6m revamp

South Wales Argus: TRANSFORMATION: From left, head deacon Jesus Winston Lacsamana, resident minister Gerado Aliermo, district minister Anthony Smith, and fourth head deacon Nonilon Lucero in the refurbished hall of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in Newport TRANSFORMATION: From left, head deacon Jesus Winston Lacsamana, resident minister Gerado Aliermo, district minister Anthony Smith, and fourth head deacon Nonilon Lucero in the refurbished hall of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in Newport

A 100-YEAR-OLD former church in Newport that served as a performing arts academy has been returned to its use as a place of worship after a £1.6 million project.

The Philippines-based Iglesia Ni Cristo, which translates to Church of Christ, has renovated the Grade I-listed Burleigh Hall in Llanthewy Road, Newport, to be a base for its congregation stretching from West Wales to the West Country.

The church is the first of its type in Wales to serve members of the Church, thought to have between four million and nine million members.

According to planning documents the building was constructed as a baptist church in 1912.

In 1996 the church was closed and was later used as the Burleigh Academy.

Restoration work on the £1.6 million project, funded by donations from the Church’s members, has included restoring some of the church’s pews to their original design. Contractors replaced the church tower’s steel structure, and a stage was installed at the front of the sanctuary for ministers to give services.

Crystal chandeliers hang from the sanctuary’s ceiling, but within the church there are no pictures of Jesus Christ – the Church does not worship idols.

Members of the Church come fromall over the world but the vast majority are Filipino.

According to Gerardo Aliermo, resident minister, members of the congregation stretch from Pembroke and Swansea to Bristol and Bath.

Most are healthcare professionals such as nurses.

He said more than 1000 members came to see the church dedicated on August 23, with an average of a couple of hundred attending other services.

Brother Tony Smith, district minister, said Burleigh Hall was an “absolutely beautiful building. It has so much character.”

“The congregation went for a number of years without a proper chapel.

“They rented halls here and there until the time came to find a place of worship,”

he added.

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8:27am Fri 28 Sep 12

skipbifferty says...

At last! a Christian church is to open. Makes a change from all the mosques that have sprung-up lately. We will soon be a Muslim city at this rate and have the flag of Islam flying over city hall!
At last! a Christian church is to open. Makes a change from all the mosques that have sprung-up lately. We will soon be a Muslim city at this rate and have the flag of Islam flying over city hall! skipbifferty

4:17pm Fri 28 Sep 12

huccaby says...

Apologies to Muslims who read skipbifferty's ill-mannered comment.
Apologies to Muslims who read skipbifferty's ill-mannered comment. huccaby

5:13pm Fri 28 Sep 12

skipbifferty says...

Huccaby, I never asked you too apologised on my behalf. Go ahead and bury your head in the sand.
Huccaby, I never asked you too apologised on my behalf. Go ahead and bury your head in the sand. skipbifferty

5:16pm Fri 28 Sep 12

beetee says...

i also apoligise and often wonder if these self appointed protectors of our christian heritage are professing christians or are marching to the sound of the BNP`s drums
i also apoligise and often wonder if these self appointed protectors of our christian heritage are professing christians or are marching to the sound of the BNP`s drums beetee

5:20pm Fri 28 Sep 12

skipbifferty says...

Here comes the race-card again. What ever happened to free speech. My parents fought for the preservation of it!
Here comes the race-card again. What ever happened to free speech. My parents fought for the preservation of it! skipbifferty

5:34pm Fri 28 Sep 12

beetee says...

i am not denying anybody the right of free speech , only querying where these self appointed protectors of our ( i am a professing christian ) christian heritage are coming from .
i am not denying anybody the right of free speech , only querying where these self appointed protectors of our ( i am a professing christian ) christian heritage are coming from . beetee

5:36pm Fri 28 Sep 12

skipbifferty says...

Beetee, I will tell you my politics. I will be voting UKIP in the next election, having been a Labour supporter all my voting life. I will never ever support any of the three main parties again. They do not represent the man in the street . Free speech has been eroded, and in it's place, a culture of fear that brands one a racist if they ever mention any thing to do about immigration or have an opinion about other races.
Beetee, I will tell you my politics. I will be voting UKIP in the next election, having been a Labour supporter all my voting life. I will never ever support any of the three main parties again. They do not represent the man in the street . Free speech has been eroded, and in it's place, a culture of fear that brands one a racist if they ever mention any thing to do about immigration or have an opinion about other races. skipbifferty

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