A NEW minister and the impending construction of a new $5 million worship and child care complex in Glenvale are breathing life into Toowoomba's Lifeworks Uniting Church.
Former Sunshine Coast church leader Rev Tim Griggs has moved to the city at one of the most exciting times in his new congregation's history.
After just a fortnight on Toowoomba soil, he is taking up the reins where former minister Rev David Ellis left off.
Plans for the $1.7 million first stage of the Boundary St worship centre have been lodged with Toowoomba Regional Council and are awaiting approval.
"Rev David Ellis has done a lot of the work, and I have come in to help the church move out (of its current premises)," Rev Griggs said.
The initial phase of the project, due for completion by July next year, includes a child care centre and a community hall where the church will gather while waiting for the next development to go ahead.
It could be five years away, depending on the sale of an existing church property at Russell St for its funding.
Asked why building a child care centre was such a high priority for the group, Rev Griggs said it related to existing aid projects run by the church.
"There are a lot of people involved in education in the church and a lot of people with a spirit for helping young people," he said.
"We have connections with Sudanese families and others who are doing it tough and have programs like bread runs to cater for their needs."
About 200 members
Formed in 2001 by the amalgamation of Westbrook, Newtown and the Scots Uniting Churches
Provides a free bread run to needy families on Saturday and Sunday nights
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