Church buys former Fairfield skating rink

A non-denominational congregation has found a permanent home at the site of a former skating rink.

Tabernacle Bible Church is scheduled to open its doors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 3 at 1260 Hicks Blvd. in Fairfield. The property is the site of the former Tri Skateland skating rink.

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“We outgrew our first facility in Lincoln Heights,” said church elder Kathy Wilfong. “We sold it to another growing church and moved to West Chester in Hopewell Junior School…”

For nearly three years, the church has held worship service in the school’s gym, she said.

Tabernacle Bible Church purchased the facility for $365,000 on July 25, according to the Butler County Auditor’s Office.

The new facility will go a long way toward better accommodating the church’s 400 active members, Wilfong said.

“Our aim is to have the room to do more community ministry outreach,” she said.

Renovations, including expanding the parking lot, are currently underway, Wilfong said.

The church got its start in Hamilton County in 1952, and has been led by senior pastor Bishop Gary G Hayles for the past 15 years and his wife, Lead Pastor Andrea Hayles.

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