Hope Community Church makes plans to expand

The Hope Community Church on 18th Ave in Hanover. There are plans to expand the building and parking on the property to accomodate increasing numbers of parishioners. RUTY KOROTAEV

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The Hope Community Church in Hanover will be expanding to accommodate its growing number of parishioners.

After only three years at their current building, church representatives submitted an application to sever 1.3 acres of land in order to add some more space to their existing structure located at 373 18th Avenue. The pentecostal church has nearly 170 parishioners.

Pastor Terry Denbock said this expansion is meant to create more room for the church’s children and youth, and will be added on to the back of the building. There will also be several offices added to the area.

“We’re running out of space for our kids and our youth,” said Denbock. “It’s a good problem.”

Hanover council approved the church’s application at a meeting on Nov. 18.

Denbock said now that the church has received council’s approval, they will begin fundraising in the community and hope to start building within two years. He said he is unsure how much this expansion will cost the church and does not yet have exact measurements on how big of an expansion this will be.

“We’re going to knock down some walls inside the sanctuary and build the new section on the back,” said Denbock. “We have some builders in our church, so hopefully they’re going to take some lead and help us with that.”

The plan also includes getting more parking space for parishioners, as they often have to use nearby parking areas, particularly on Sundays.

“We’re doing well,” said Denbock. “God is blessing us and we’re growing, which is wonderful.”

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