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Church Development: major milestone

Joy and Celebration…we have formally made our submission to HLF for a major Delivery Stage grant of £540,700.
This submission has consisted of 24 separate documents, all cross-referenced, plus the detailed architect plans and various technical specifications, plus a number of supporting photographs. If we are successful (DV), then we should be able to move ahead with the work in the Church and the Link during 2018.
Getting to this point has been a tremendous achievement, with so many people to thank.
From within the church, particularly to Helen Thurston (one of our Dots mums) who has worked so hard on the collation and editing of the various documents and timelines…. plus especially to our Churchwardens, Treasurer and Office team who have directly engaged in various ways …. plus to the collective PCC in their prayers, critical appraisal, wisdom and encouragement …. plus to so many of our church family who have given time, talents and generosity to enable us to get this far…plus to all those who joined with the consultative process and have offered ideas and suggestions along the way. Already we have seen and experienced much “church development” in a human and spiritual context.
And to these we add our thanks to a genuinely committed and caring team of professionals we have been working with: architects, project managers and quantity surveyors, archaeologist, technical consultants, heritage interpreter, and our own recruited Heritage Manager.
Now, we wait and pray:
…for the HLF consideration, with a decision due next March
…for a period of reflection before we start planning our funding for our Church House and the Organ
Coming into Advent is a period of even greater awaiting, for now we can go forward into that Season confident of God’s amazing blessing on his Church at All Saints.

Praise the Lord and thank his people

Our Church Development is poised to take a major next step.  We have been successful in reaching our own target for generosity, fundraising and pledges to match our grant-application to the HLF for the Church and the Link.
We will be submitting our application during November; they will assess this over the coming months, and we should hear a result in March. If we are successful (God willing) there will be then be a period for tendering and pre-contract work and then we can actually do the building works.
The work on Church House and organ renovation will come later….. but this is an amazing position to have reached for this phase, and has only been possible with the generosity, good will and prayers of our Church members.
Thank you so much.

Tearfund Big Bake!

Tearfund Big Bake bring & buy cake sale – THIS Sunday, 15th October

Please bring along some home baking in time to sell after the 9:15 and 11am services on Sunday 15th October and/ or come and buy some baking to help fight poverty in the world’s poorest countries. Last year we raised £271.41!

6 Church Street

This week our fabric team have been renovating number 6.  Are you interested in DIY and small odd jobs?  Get in touch with Dave Woolloff or Derek Crabtree if you would like to join the team.

An update from King’s Club

After two days of the club things have gone really well. Lots of fun and games. Bible stories and singing. Crafts and puzzles. So far more than 40 children have attended. Thanks to all the helpers!  If you have primary school aged children who would like to come to King’s Club then just turn up on the day.  The group meets at St Margaret’s Church every morning this week from 10am to 12noon.

Prayer Evening for Development Project

Our next prayer event for the Church Development Project will be held on Sunday 13th August, 7.30pm in Church.  We will be specifically praying for the project and achieving our £300,000 objective.  Please do come and join us.  All are welcome!

Prayer evening – Sunday 30 July

During the Summer we have to pray specifically for the Development Project, the vision that we have for the future and achieving the £300,000 objective.  Please join us in Church to continue this prayer journey this Sunday, 30th July, at 6.30pm.  All welcome!

Release Celebration!

For our final release of the academic year we had a celebration! We had a barbecue, a water balloon fight, games like capture the flag and a visit from Ben Jones from ‘Missional Generation’. Ben talked to us about getting to know Jesus and about their new app called ‘Missional Generation Resourses’! This app teaches younger people about God in fun and interactive ways. We were also led in worship by Johnny! Release is a youth club that takes place every Sunday when it is school time and it involves sun, food, games and Worship for teenagers aged 13 onwards.

In the photo you can see everyone worshipping outside in the sun. We sang songs like ‘Lion and the Lamb’ and ‘This Is Amazing Grace’

Release!

https://www.missionalgen.co.uk/

New Wine Discipleship Year!

Adam, Charlotte and Cyril graduated this week. We pray for their discipleship journey in the future.

Answered prayer!

One of the prayer stations.

Thanks to all who prayed this week for the Building project Project and God’s guidance for related PCC decisions. The PCC unanimously agreed to submit the HLF bid for the second round of funding, subject to the current appeal to raise £300,000 by the end of July/early August. Also, the new PCC unanimously endorsed the latest design proposals. It was a great meeting! Please continue to pray earnestly, give generously, and trust the Lord for the next steps. 1 Sam 7:12

Another prayer station!