Published on March 17, 2014
Calvary Pentecostal Church in Marystown has bought the property at 38 Queen Street and is plans to turn the space into a community centre. Lead Pastor Shane Simms said the goal is to open the doors by late April. Paul Herridge Photos
Published on March 17, 2014
The as-yet-to-be named community centre on Queen Street in Marystown was most recently a West Side Charlies and before that a medical clinic.
Calvary Pentecostal Church reopening former bar as a community space
In its previous incarnations, the building at 38 Queen Street in Marystown has been a medical clinic and most recently a West Side Charlies.
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The space is currently undergoing another remodeling and will soon invite the community through its doors once more – this time in a whole new light.
Lead Pastor Dr. Shane Simms said Calvary Pentecostal Church purchased the building late last year and has some big plans in the works.
As word of the endeavour has spread, he said he has been asked over and again about what is going on at the site. He clarified it’s not a second church, as some assume, noting they already have one of those in Creston North.
“We need a place where we can kind of manifest our presence in the town in a social way.”
The pastor offered The Southern Gazette a tour of the building last Tuesday.
He envisions a place youth can go on a Friday night rather than walk the streets, somewhere for young families, where seniors are also welcomed, and non-profit groups might host an event they are organizing, free of charge.
“I know, when I was a teenager in my community, if there was a building like this that had stuff to offer for a young person, it could have kept me off the street to some degree.
“Where the plan is so big, the way I’ve described to people is that we just want to turn this building around so it can be a blessing to the community.
“It’s not for us. It’s not a building for our church. We have bought into this building so we can turn it back around, to basically give it back to the community.”
“We need a place where we can kind of manifest our presence in the town in a social way.” – Pastor Shane Simms
Pastor Simms, who has been in Marystown for the past three years, relocating here from central Newfoundland, said the initiative is a new vision and unlike any other undertaking by a Pentecostal Church in this province.
“This is something that churches for the most part, our stripe anyway, aren’t doing.”
Pastor Simms explained the idea is an extension of work Calvary Pentecostal Church has been doing over the past few years to reach into the town.
“We’ve been out in the community in a lot of different ways. So this is just kind of a national expansion of what we’ve already been doing, only now it gives us a more permanent presence in the middle of the community, which is kind of where we want to be.”
In addition to the full-time youth and worship pastor already on staff, Calvary Pentecostal Church has also hired Jamie Warren as pastor of mission initiatives.
Scheduled to arrive in August from Port aux Basques, where he has spent the last six years, Pastor Warren will be heavily involved in the operation of the site.