Building for Growth

Building for Growth: the church building project

 

We have now completed a 2 - phase, £900,000 building project. 

Phase 1 saw the building of a new Church Hall complex, incorporating a large stained-glass window from the Methodist chapel.

Phase 2 involved the demolition of the north side of  our late Victorian church, opening up a link area to connect the church to the hall, increase the size of the worship seating area and provide a flexible space which is used as a café.  The completed building retains the façade and external appearance of the church. 

Why did we build?

  • Our old wooden Hall had less than 3 years of useful life left
  • On many weeks our church was almost full.  We intend to continue to grow numbers and so need a bigger space
  • We longed for space and facilities to enhance our fellowship and service to the community
  • We wanted to share the new hall complex with the village, to supplement the provisions of the Memorial hall next door, creating a resource which benefits the people of Eldwick

After several years of prayer, planning and consultation we launched the fundraising for our building project in September 2016.  A year later our building contractor started work on the site, and the new hall was handed over to us in May 2018. Work started in late 2018 on the link between the hall and the Church.  This phase 2 work included lifting the slates on the Church roof , making good, fitting insulation and re-slating. 

We completed the project by May 2019 and a re-dedication service was held in June 2019, led by Bishop Nick and Rev Dr Roger Walton. 

We are grateful to many people in our membership and across Eldwick who supported this project, financially and in practical ways.  Above all, we are immensely grateful to our generous God for his leading and provision for this work.