As a church, we face an urgent need and a huge opportunity. We have discovered asbestos on the roof girders, and it urgently needs to be encapsulated, to make sure the church is safe for use in the future.
(We should clarify at this point that the building is still safe to use in the short term – the asbestos is not an immediate risk to anyone who visits the church.)
But this urgent need also presents us with a huge opportunity; a chance to develop the church building and ensure it remains fit for purpose as a hub of the community for decades to come. With a new ceiling, new lights and insulation in the church itself, and a new roof for the hall and corridor, our building will be warmer, more inviting, more economical and more effective. In other words, this project is about developing the building in order to use it to reach our community, and to make it an environment where people will feel welcome, secure and at home. It’s about building for the future.
Unfortunately, exciting though it is, this project will not be cheap. We’re still waiting for a precise figure from the architect, but all told, the project is likely to cost at least £200,000. That price tag might seem daunting, but it is achievable, by the grace of God and through the support of the church and the wider community.
I’m writing now to ask you to do two things:
- Please pray for the church refurbishment. We need God to inspire us, bless our efforts and use them for his glory. So, please remember the project in your prayers. We’d especially appreciate your prayers now for the fundraising committee and for the ongoing discussions with our architect.
- Please consider giving towards the project. We are hoping for some substantial donations from grant-making trusts, and there will also be community events, to raise both funds and awareness of the project among as many people as possible. I’m also very aware that many church members already give sacrificially to support the church’s work, so please don’t feel that your current giving isn’t appreciated – it really is. But don’t underestimate the difference it will make if you contribute even a smaller amount to the refurbishment project.
If you’d like to make a donation towards the costs of the project, we can accept contributions in cash, cheques (made out to St Boniface PCC), standing orders or direct debits. To avoid confusion, please label your donation ‘St Boniface Restoration Fund’. If you’d like to set up a direct debit, please talk to Karin Satchwell, who can provide you with the church’s bank details. If you’d prefer to set up a standing order for the duration of the project, Martin Priestley can supply a form and check to see if the church can claim Gift Aid on your donations.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. We face a real challenge together, but I am genuinely excited to see what God will do through it.