I hope you had a great summer. I am aware that it’s been a while since we shared any news on the church refurbishment project, and thought now might be a good time to update you. The first piece of news is that our architect has now provided a final quote for the refurbishment. The work on the inside of the church sanctuary – including new roof panelling, windows, insulation and lights, not to mention encapsulating the asbestos – will cost £150,000, with the new roof to the corridor and kitchen area costing around £100,000 more.
This is obviously a lot of money, but there are a few things to encourage us as well. Firstly, through a combination of fundraising events, donations from church members and a lump sum from church funds, we have already raised over £52,000, which is a huge step towards our target. Secondly, we are partnering with Tregease Consultancy, who will help us make bids for funding from grant-making trusts. Tregease have an excellent track record in sourcing trust funding for churches, particularly in regard to building projects, so we’re looking forward to a fruitful partnership. And thirdly, let’s remember the impact this project will have when it’s complete. Our refurbished building will enable us to serve our community in the name of Jesus, for decades to come.
We will say more about this in the morning service on Sunday 1st October. And on that morning, there will be an opportunity to give towards the refurbishment project, if you are not already doing so. Also, we would welcome any ideas for future fundraising initiatives. On Sunday 5th November, we will spend some time discussing potential events, but please don’t hesitate to speak to me before then if you have an idea.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. There’s a long way to go with this project, but I’m glad to say we are making progress!