Lord Mayor of Manchester Welcomes Young Adult Center

Contributed By By Joyce Jones, Church News contributor

  • 27 June 2014

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new young single adult center in Manchester on June 6, 2014, are, from left: Joe Walsh, Rachel Teal, and Bishop Sean Roberts of the young single adult ward in Manchester; mayoress of Oldham, Kathleen Hudson; mayor of Trafford, Dylan Butt; mayor of Oldham, John Hudson; lord mayor of the City of Manchester, Councilor Susan Cooley; Manchester lord mayor’s consort Stephen Cole; mayor of Bolton, Martin Donaghy; mayoress of Bolton, Gay Wharton; Elder Clifford T. Herbertson, Area Seventy; and Member of Parliament David Rutley MP.  Photo by Haydn Rushworth.

Article Highlights

  • Located in the heart of the academic center of the University of Manchester, the facility will be used by all young single adults living within Manchester and surrounding areas.
  • The building offers a chapel for worship, a recreation hall for activities, classrooms, a family history center, and administrative offices.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND

The official community opening of the new young single adult center in Manchester, England, took place on June 6 with a brief commemorative program, followed by the official ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by the recently installed lord mayor of the City of Manchester and Councilor Susan Cooley. Other Church, government, and community dignitaries attended, including Elder Clifford T. Herbertson, Area Seventy; David Rutley, Member of Parliament for Macclesfieldand; and the mayors of Trafford, Oldham, and Bolton.

The opening is historic for the Church in the United Kingdom. Located in the heart of the academic center of the University of Manchester, this five-story facility is designed to be utilized by all young single adults living within Manchester and surrounding areas. The building offers a chapel for worship, a recreation hall for activities, classrooms for teaching religious education and English classes, a family history center, and administrative offices.

Concluding remarks by Elder Clifford T. Herbertson, the local Area Seventy, summarized the commemorative event. “This is a special opportunity, not only for those who attend this building, but for those who will come in the future.”

Referring to the phrase in Matthew 5:14, “Ye are the light of the world,” Elder Herbertson counseled young single adults to be a beacon to the world. “Our young people have the responsibility to share this light,” he said.

He also acknowledged, “Today is another day of commemoration, D-day. What a blessing it is for our young people who benefit today from the sacrifice of others.”

In honor of those who gave their lives, he referenced the words of an anonymous epitaph in Scotland, “We gave our todays in order that you could enjoy your tomorrows.”

The newly opened young single adult center in Manchester has facilities that meet many needs, including a chapel for worship, a recreational hall for activities, classrooms for teaching, a family history center, and administrative offices. The center opened on June 6. Photo by Haydn Rushworth.

Participating in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the young single adult center in Manchester, England, are, from left, Trafford Mayor Dylan Butt , Oldham Mayor John Hudson, Lord Mayor of the City of Manchester Susan Cooley, Bolton Mayor Martin Donaghy, and MP David Rutley. Photo by Haydn Rushworth.