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21 December 2009

Church for the night offers space for clubbers to explore God

Church for the night offers space for clubbers to explore God

A central church in Bournemouth is opened regularly at night to give space to those enjoying or working in the town's nightlife. 

Churchforthenight was set up by a group of local Christians, about 4 years ago, who have a passion for outreach among clubbers and desire Church to be seen as an accessible and welcoming place, even at night.

St Peter's church, Hinton road, is the venue opened up every couple of months for the duration of the dark hours and sees a variety of people walk through the doors who would never grace it on a Sunday. 

The idea that often big old churches, which have been worshipped in for generations, can be inspiring places for people to connect with God was just one reason for the creation of this alternative opening time.

Steve Leach, one of the founders, said: "One of my favourite things about Churchforthenight is that it provides a space where anyone can come to be inspired by the surroundings and connect with God. It gives people a chance to take time out and think, pray, chat or just be themselves."

The Churchforthenight project is supported by churches right across the Bournemouth area and is in conjunction with the club chaplain team which offers a helping hand and a listening ear on the streets and in the clubs.