AFTER news broke last month that The Venue was set to be sold, the site’s main user has announced its future plan.
Dan Slatter, the church’s pastor, said the church would be hitting the road and going mobile once again – as it did for its first 14 years.
“This is a time of big change for the church after our 16-year stay on the Quarry Lane Estate,” he said.
“There is a whole mix of feelings from sadness of having to leave the centre and the Venue to real excitement about what will come next.
“We remain as committed as ever to the city and we are planning for this to be a time of growth in all we are doing, not of shrinking back.
“We are in conversation over a number of possible location options but these are more medium-term solutions to the challenges we face.
“I often find that in these times of uncertainty, over things like buildings, the most unexpected opportunities surface as we are moved out of our comfort zones. Bring on the adventure, I say.”
The Revelation Church was formed by a group of teenagers in Chichester in 1983.
After being based at The Venue since 1997, it will move on in spring, 2014, after the building’s owner decided to sell it.
According to the church, during the past five years the Venue and Revelation Centre has averaged a footfall of more than 40,000 people a year.
The site has been used for everything from children’s play schemes and commercial launches to blood donations and charity nights.
The church added that leaving The Venue would have an impact on many community groups and charities that use the site.
See last week’s Observer (November 7), on PACSO, one of the groups which offers support to parents and carers.