Members of the Cornerstone City church were given a civic reception in Derry’s Guildhall last week after being recognised by the Department of Justice for their work.
The church was highly commended for the work of its street pastors who devote their time each Friday night to distributing free tea, coffee and soup as a community safety initiative to late night revellers and those in need at Shipquay Street and Altnagelvin.
Senior Pastor Brian Somerville said that although those volunteers who do the work ask for no thanks it was nice for the church to be recognised.
He also confirmed that the church, who hold their weekly services in the Millennium Forum have bought the fomer Channel 9 and Red Rooms building where they will occupy 35,000 square feet including a space for services, as well as office space.
The church are hoping to move all their activities there by Autumn/Winter 2015.