A church building in Athlone now houses an artistic hub where artists and performers get together and live out their passion.The building was officially handed over to Art in Athlone, a multi-cultural community artistic hub, on Saturday 24 August. The building belongs to the New Apostolic Church. According to one of its bishops, Neville Barron, the congregation in Athlone decided to meet at Lincoln Estate for worship instead and allow the community arts hub to use the other building. The decision came after the church elders heard about the hub’s values – that of uplifting and developing the youth.“What was key to agreeing to giving the building to the art centre was that someone told us that many children are part of the centre. We believe that children are the future,” Barron explained.He added the church is committed to support community initiatives that develop the youth.Also present at the hand over was ward 49 councillor, Rashid Adams. He vowed to support the centre in various ways that include bringing talented youth that is supported by City’s programmes to use the centre.“This is a place of learning. It is given to people to motivate them because people always ask ‘What can I do?’ I am very happy about this,” he expressed.The appreciative owners of the art centre, Kenneth and Deirdre Alexander, thanked the church. The artistic couple said they feel encouraged by the gesture of the church to continue doing their work which helps them look after their family.“This is the real church. This is what church is about. A church that is responsible and unconditional in their deeds,” Kenneth expressed.He elaborated, saying the church does not use religion as a measure or criteria when it supports organisations.While a bigger venue would have been ideal, Kenneth said they’re still thankful. “I believe we must work with what we have,” he explained.He is currently showcasing his art work on Long Street in Cape Town CBD where he does painting and sketches.