Our existing accommodation is insufficient for both our current and future needs as a growing church and we have been considering for some time how best to deal with the problem. In autumn 2017, we bought the former HSBC bank at 550 Beverley Road , which is adjacent to the Newland Christian Centre and backs on to the grounds of St John's.
Since then there has been an intense period of planning. We have discussed with the various church group leaders and examined the building's potential. We have evolved plans, adjusting as we went to keep the estimated cost within a figure which we think is achievable - £300,000.
The intention is to make the old bank and the Newland Christian Centre into an integrated and enlarged Centre. This would meet our need for additional and flexible accommodation and facilities and would provide a base for our expanding ministry in years to come. The parish hall, which is nearing the end of its life, could then be demolished.
Tendering and timing
We finalised plans and went out to tender in May 2019. Subject to us having sufficient funds (or pledges of funds), we hope to finalise a contract in July and for work to start some time after that. The work is expected to take up to 26 weeks and will not therefore be completed until the end of 2019 at the earliest.
The work will undoubtedly affect our use of the Newland Christian Centre and we are looking at alternative accommodation for our activities during the building work.
- We are looking to outside sources, but that is unlikely to provide sufficient monies.
- We may also have to consider short term loans until promised money comes in.
- Ultimately, the greater part of the funding will need to be raised from within our own church family at St John's and Riverside. It is a challenge that our growth lays upon us, together with securing a solid future for our ministry.
There are various ways to give to support the project and our Gift Day in July 2018 raised £160,000 towards the final total in the first week alone.
Do please continue to pray for the project.
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If you have any comments or suggestions, or for further information, please contact:
- (Chairman of the Building Co-ordinating Group)
- the ministers or
- other members of the Group (James Belham, John Emmerson, Tim Mitchell, Heather Payne, Geoff Waring, Viv Whitton and Beverley Wing).