THE new mini-town underway at Waverley will include a 1,500-capacity modern church.
Hope City Church will up sticks from its current site next to the Sheffield Parkway to a purpose-built new facility at the former pit site near Catcliffe.
Members have joined the steering group designing Waverley’s new country park.
Pastor Dave Gilpin said: “We are so excited to be a part of this project.
“We love being part of the community and future of this region, and working together to raise local hopes and dreams is what we are here for.”
The church, founded 28 years ago, is currently based at the Megacentre near Sheffield city centre.
The country park steering group also includes representatives from South Yorkshire Housing Association, Rotherham Borough Council, Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group, the AMRC Training Centre, Harworth Group plc, as well as residents and nearby businesses.
Project coordinator Kris Mackay said: “Hope City Church is looking to develop a long-term home as an integral part of the community in Waverley and the surrounding area.
“This makes them great partners for our work.
“The church will provide a community hub and brings great experience of supporting small businesses to grow and thrive.”
More than 600 houses have been completed at Waverley and about 3,400 are set to be added over the next 15 years.
Plans for the development also include a £50 million town centre featuring a town square, bus station, hotel, shops, a gym, health centre, pharmacy, offices and parking for 577 cars.
The leisure, business and retail scheme could create 700 jobs.