We got excited and hoped we’d be able to meet with our Failsworth church friends on Advent Sunday in our new building. But Building Control had a few concerns to be addressed.
We then thought we might be in the new building for our Christmas Services. No – still not signed off.
So here we are, in the middle of winter, still using the old building, still worshipping with hats and gloves and scarves on, heading for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Sunday 22nd) service – once more in the old building.
Are we disappointed – oh yes we are!
Are we despondent – oh no we’re not! because we know the finishing line is not far away (it’s been ‘not far away’ for such a long time) and we will cross it! So keep watching!
The new building is dangerously close to being completed – there’s a possibility we may get the keys next Friday!
As the finishing touches are being applied, the builder agreed to allow a few of our fellowship to have a brief guided tour – and they were pleasantly surprised at what they saw.
Here’s Gladys and Wallace, two of our long-standing faithful friends admiring the new hall – the floor covering isn’t down yet but much of the builder’s bits and bobs have been taken away.
..and the garden has been tidied and grassed so the outside now looks even better:
There are still a number of things to be finished before the building can be declared completed but we are hoping and praying we will be able to start making the place warm and friendly.
We’re not finished yet but we have a lovely big car park and fence which means the new building is visible from the road. So folk can now see what’s going on and how it is taking shape.
The kitchen and toilets are being fitted out and the next step is the electrical fittings etc. We don’t yet have a completion date to work to but hopefully the remaining work will not take too long. We are getting excited about our new home and really looking forward to moving in.
Please pray that there will be no more delays.
Work is continuing. Sockets, switches and lights are prepared, skirting boards are in place and painted and radiators are being installed.
More photos below of the hall, one from the entrance.
After a long period of inactivity, work is now proceeding on the new church building.
All our plans to celebrate our 150th Anniversary in the new building evaporated, much to our great disappointment. Hence the great silence here on our web-site.
However, the plasterboarding and plastering are done and painting and fitting is now underway. We are very much hoping that it will be full-steam ahead to a completion of 1st April 2016.
Below are a few photos taken last week.
Hall – front view, with a fire door out onto the carpark.
Back of the hall. The entrance into the hall is on the right. The next door (unlit) is into the storeroom and the third door is to the kitchen (lit). The final door is another fire door which aligns to the pavillion’s fire door
the visible doors are to the Disabled Toilet and the Male/Female toilets. Immediately to the right (not visible) is the door to the office, and hidden behind the yellow packaging is the door to the kitchen.
The roof is in place and work is underway on the interior.
The second and third photos below show the worship space/hall, front and back. Behind the wall at the back, the batons are being put in place for the interior walls to the kitchen, toilets and storage.
Work continues on the new building as the roof tiles are now being put up.
Can you spot the cross in the brickwork on the gable end? – there will also be a cross over the entrance just to emphasise that, despite some doubters, this will be – first and foremost – a church!
Sadly, we have not been meeting for worship for a number of weeks due to my health issues, but I’m ever-hopeful this will not last much longer – so watch this space!!
The building work is moving on at a pace now. This photo was taken last week and when I popped round earlier today, the brickwork is now ready to receive the roofing structure!
Keep up the good work guys!
The Silent Night Carols which we were planning to hold on the cricket ground on Christmas Eve will be held in the church instead. The amount of rain we’ve had recently has left the cricket ground extremely muddy so rather than risking losing one or two folk in the mud, we decided to shift the venue.
We do hope you will still join us.
…….. A DIGGER!
On the weekend when we celebrate that “all good gifts around us are sent from heaven above”, he also sends a digger! So we will have an even greater reason to thank the Lord at our Harvest Supper this evening and at our Harvest Festival service tomorrow morning.
Come and join us – we’re the ones wearing huge grins!!!!