On the Friday 11 April 2014, the Buildings Project was for all purposes complete. The safe use of the building was formally handed back from Prime Build to the Project Group. Prime Build still remained on site to carry out some minor cosmetic work for 2 weeks thereafter. Although we were a couple of weeks behind the original estimated completion date, due to inclement weather and some minor alterations to the original plan, we were very excited about the prospect of being back in the building for worship. All those months of planning and building had eventually come to an end. We were looking forward to our first service on Palm Sunday 13 April 2014. There was a special sense of joy and celebration on that day and on following week on Easter Sunday.
The church and all its users had coped well during the building phase and this was greatly assisted by the patience and professionalism of the staff of Prime Build.
We now have a very functional extension; more seating capacity in the sanctuary, a larger chancel, a practical working kitchen for hospitality, an excellent AV system, an office/reception at the front door and a quiet room for prayer and reflection. It was so uplifting to hear the positive comments as people took a tour of our ‘new look’ church. As the weeks passed and people began to get used to the new extension and reconfiguration of the internal layout, this positivity continued.
On Sunday 18 May 2014, the church was bursting at the seams as we had our dedication service where we shared worship with a number of ‘special guests’, friends and of course our congregation.
We are now almost a year on from our first service and all the disruption we experienced is a distant memory as we enjoy our new building and its improved facilities. Our hope and prayer is that we will use the building to the glory of God and in the service of our community as we aim to be a friendly and welcoming church where people of all ages……