To date our Building Fund account stands at £26,000. A further £3500 has been pledged to be given this year as one-off gifts. A further £650 is given each month to the Building Fund. By September 1st we need to have £35,000 in the account. We are currently on target to have £27,300 by then – this gives us a shortfall of £7,700. if we receive the pledged £3500 the shortfall is £4200.
Please pray that we will receive the pledged £3500 and a further £4200 in the next six weeks so that we can go ahead with planning consent as soon as possible.
The overall cost of the building is still around £1,250,000; these latest meetings will refine that price into an accurate figure that will be written into the contract. There will be an additional cost around the equipment (chairs, tables, PA equipment etc.) needed to kit out the building, but Pro May have access to companies that will be able to supply such items at competitive rates and this will form part of our next round of discussions.
Once we have Planning Consent our Building Project Funding Team can finalise the “Project Brochure” that will go out with our various funding applications.
I hope you are as excited and challenged as I am.
If you want to do some reading around building projects, read the first seven chapters of Nehemiah and consider just how everybody, at every level of skill and ability, all came together to get some building done. It didn’t look easy and it was most probably quite scary but as Brother Andrew says –
“If your vision doesn’t scare you, then your vision and your God are too small.”
ProMay tell us that Planning Consent can be obtained in three months and that they will be able to begin building in January 2013 if we have the necessary funding to enable them to commence. Keep praying, keep believing; soon we will have what we have been longing and praying for.
Chris Gledhill—on behalf of the Building Management Team.
“You are the God who performs miracles. You display your power among the peoples.”