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. The former HSBC bank at 550 Beverley Road coming up for sale in 2017 offered a God-given opportunity and, in autumn 2017, our bid for its purchase was accepted.
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.
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.
We have set a limit of £300,000 for the conversion, redecoration and furnishing/equipping of the new Centre.
Tendering and timing
We hope to go out to tender in July 2018. The contract with a builder would be confirmed some time after that but work would probably not start till at least September 2018, and would depend on the availability of sufficient funds. The work may well take up to 26 weeks and could not therefore be completed until well into 2019 at the earliest.
It may be possible to phase the work to reduce the time the Newland Christian Centre is unavailable to us.
As a matter of urgency, we now need to consider prayerfully how we can raise £300,000 to complete the project.
- 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.
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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).