The WOW Factor
The WOW Factor
Wow! The first time you see the majesty of the Church interior with its sunlight brickwork, red brick arches and white columns, it will simply take your breath away. Cleaning off 160 years of grime has restored its magnificent original splendour. How uplifting it must have been for the Victorian Congregations to enter the Church, when their own homes were often so dark and dingy; and now we too can truly share their sense of awe and wonder.
The cleaning also revealed a multitude of cracks and damaged bricks to be replaced, and the result is nothing short of amazing. “Look up” is the key that will also reveal to you all the restoration work in the Chancel, the porches, and around the windows.
Our specialists on the Building Committee have also been busy with the final details for the mechanical, electrical and AV infrastructure. The installation of conduits under the new floor for the electrical and AV systems started a couple of weeks ago. And with the steelwork to the new west door now complete, the builders are about to start on the steelwork that will create the entrance lobby, kitchen, toilets, quiet room and mezzanine floor.
A recent audit by the Considerate Constructors Scheme scored our builders “good” and “very good” for site safety and appearance, environmental and workforce protection, and community engagement – please say thank you when you see them, as they really do appreciate it!
Steve Elliott - Building Committee Chair
For their Piñata Promise, Jan helped Catriona and Wendy understand how to throw and form a variety of clay objects, and create their very own pieces to be fired in the kiln. Catriona proved to be a natural with the “throw down”, and Wendy’s floral rosebowl is amazing - you’d never know they’re both novice potters! Thanks to all who offered, and donated in the Piñata of Promises.
Grants and Corporate update
Please pray for and thank those who spend much time, energy and enthusiasm finding, applying and communicating with charities and businesses, and not always getting a good response!
We are very grateful to the Trustees of the John Apthorp Charity for their most generous grant of £20,000. John Apthorp is a successful business man whose aim is to give back to the community. His charity supports small organisations in the local area. We have 14 other grant applications now outstanding, and hopes of landing several more positive results from these. Shelia
I’ve approached thirteen chain businesses so far, and although we have been offered food, beer and compost, no cash has yet been forthcoming! I have more businesses yet to approach. Anne
Edging ever closer...
Thank you for your ongoing financial generosity! Together we have now raised £1.03 million towards this phase of the project.
From the Gift Day in March, we were offered £55,000 in interest free loans and were given £15,000 in donations (so far!).
With the £20,000 grant from John Apthorp Charity, please pray that other grant organisations catch the vision too. Please also pray for further funds to be raised and interest free loans to be offered.
Do go to: ccwdevelopment.info/how-to-give for more information or speak to Sam Rich, Treasurer. Thank you! Sam Rich
From the West to the East
Through the new West door entrance (right), you can now see right to the East window – this is the first part of the PCC’s aim to make the Church building more open and accessible for everyone. So just a few weeks in to the building works, and already we have our first view of the future.
What’s been happening in the building?
Surrounded by fencing and site buildings, the Church now looks every bit the building site. New notice boards at the front announce to passers by and visitors to the Church Centre that development is happening. This monthly newsletter will aim to keep you informed, and enable everyone to speak of the great things that are planned for our Church, and for the building.
Dear Christ Church,
We are celebrating all that God has done in and through us over the last 160 years and next Sunday, the 13th January, begins our new journey of meeting at the Centre and School. A year that we can expect to discover and encounter God in a new and deeper way. As we look at God’s faithfulness over the years we can see His faithfulness into the future for us. For as it says in
1 Thessalonians 5 v 24, “the One who calls you is faithful and He will do it”.
This journey is only possible through your generosity and the blessing of God. It is as we are