Our Church Building Reordering project is wholly dependent on us having the money to pay for it
In this second article about our Church building Reordering plans, I will give you the hard facts about what is needed in the building; about what your money will be spent on; and about the plans we have in place for getting the best value for money.
Re-ordering the Church building is essential because Continue reading
It is now less than seven months before we are due to move out of Christ Church and the work on redeveloping the building commences!
Many people and groups are working on moving the project forward, including:
• The Building Management Committee drawing together all aspects of the project.
• The Building Committee and subgroups working on the final details of the plans to be ready to offer contractors to tender for the work. Continue reading
“Church reordering refers to the rearrangement and adaption of churches, while retaining their primary purpose as places of worship”
It was in the 1980’s that the first efforts were made to reorder our Church building. Now, 30 years later, we plan to bring this to fruition. Over the next 4 issues of the Newsletter, I shall be explaining the plans that we have in place, detailing exactly what you can expect the reordered building to be like, and highlighting the resources that we need to deliver the plan. This is what you will see in our Church building for Christmas 2019.
As you walk from New Road to the Church building on a Sunday morning, you’ll see the new glass-panelled oak doors, wide open for you to enter through inner glass doors at the west end of the Church. By opening up the west end, we make it easier for everyone to enter the building, with wider access for buggies and wheelchairs , and space in the new lobby to shake off the rain before entering the body of the Church. In the lobby will be two toilets, including one for those with less mobility. It will be a bright and welcoming entrance lobby with a floor mat made from recycled materials. Continue reading
It is time for us to ‘feed the five thousand’ – a parable for the building project
At that time a great crowd gathered in the presence of Jesus, longing to hear more from him about the Kingdom of God. After a long time listening to some amazing teaching, the disciples whom Jesus had chosen saw that the people had needs – practical, physical needs. They urged Jesus to send the crowd away to other places to fulfil those needs but Jesus said that these disciples were to meet them, right here, right now. The disciples were aghast – that would take such an enormous amount of money, which they didn’t have. Jesus asked them to bring to him whatever the people had, which they did, and it really didn’t seem to amount to very much. Jesus blessed what the people had given and when it was distributed, everyone was satisfied. It wasn’t a banquet but it was enough. And there was some left over for the people to take back into their communities and share with others. This is what the Kingdom of God looks like.
There is a great crowd of people in our community with needs – needs which only the presence of Jesus can satisfy. Imagine yourself in their shoes. You have heard that good things can be found in Christ Church… but how do you get into that building if you’ve never been before. It doesn’t even have a proper front door! Also you can’t see what’s going on inside, so how will you know where to sit, what to do? (What if you need the loo? Do they even have toilets in church?) No, it’s too difficult, best not to try to go in.
What if it didn’t look like this to the ‘five thousand’? What if it looked easy to come into Jesus’ presence and be met by other people who look ‘just like me’? What if the atmosphere wasn’t Victorian, mysterious and ‘religious’ but friendly, warm, normal-looking? The sort of place ordinary people gather together. What if it looked fresh and bright and you could smell coffee as you walked in? Wouldn’t that be easier?
It is time for us, right here, right now to meet this need, even though it may look like it will take such an enormous amount of money. It is up to us, the disciples Jesus has chosen, to be active in resourcing this work, giving whatever we can and asking others to do the same. It might not seem to amount to very much but when we offer it to Jesus, it will be precisely enough to do exactly what is needed, with some left over for us to share. This is what the Kingdom of God looks like.
Today was our ‘Gifting Day’, and as I write this, I am filled with expectation as we wait to hear the results. STOP PRESS – I have just heard from the Treasurer that we raised £165,000 on June 11th. I am sure we will find that more pledges and gifts come in over the next few weeks. This means we are well on the way to achieving our target for this second phase of £700,000.
I have really enjoyed the stories John has been sharing over the past weeks and months of the Vision the early Founders of Christ Church had and the quotes from past vicars encouraging the congregation to support the town of Ware and those in need. There was no doubt in the minds of the clergy and congregation that Christ Church had a significant role to play in the community supporting those in need in the town and wider missionary work. Continue reading
What a blessed few weeks we have had since Easter with regards to the building project.
Work started on phase one of the project, being the building of the offices in the Memorial Hall in April and has raced along. As the builders peeled back the building to reveal its shell we were given an opportunity to see what the halls had looked like when they were first built and how they had been modified and adapted over the intervening 120 years. I have more photos showing high plastered ceilings, a long blocked up window, large chunky joinery, the like of which we don’t see these days.
As I write this article the major demolition work is completed and the shape and feel of the new rooms are emerging with the roof windows in place, new floor and internal walls completed and the plumbing and wiring underway. The new windows are being built which will make the memorial hall and offices light, bright and airy.
The good news is that the project is currently on time and on budget and we look forward to welcoming you to the new offices at the end of the summer.
I know that a lot of prayer was offered whilst we submitted our faculty application to the diocese to undertake the works within the church. After a nervous wait whilst the legal consultations where carried out, we were delighted to be granted the faculty permission at the start of June to enable the works to church to start. Continue reading
is hitting Christ Church… we need you to get involved!
The Bible is packed with examples of ordinary people who overcame obstacles by putting their faith in the Lord. From Noah when he built the ark, to the disciples who were full of doubt, until the Holy Spirit gave them the power to go and make disciples of all nations.
God may have not asked us to build an enormous boat (yet!); nonetheless, at Christ Church we face an exciting but daunting challenge as we embark on an ambitious building project to transform our facilities, so that they better serve our church and community.
That is why, this autumn, we will kick off a massive fundraising drive and are calling on every single member of the church family to get involved. Continue reading
We collected jam jars and sold them.
We collected newspapers and sold them
We collected old clothes and sold them
And that is how we built our church.
As I read those words in Liverpool in June 2000 I remembered how in December 1999 the Christ Church family rejoiced because The Church Centre had been built and the Memorial Hall had been improved. We rejoiced because money had been given gladly and relatively quickly. We had been of one mind that we needed more and better facilities in order to continue and extend our ministry. AND we gave one tenth of the money given towards the building of a hospital in Nepal. Continue reading