Open for Community project logo - small It is some time since the proposed plans of the Church redevelopment were produced and amended - most notably to remove the wheelchair lift, which was widely seen as a costly and ineffective solution, and to defer some of the "green energy" elements for the present.  The revised plans were granted planning permission by the local authority, which will be valid until late 2024.  Some computer-generated images can be seen below.

Work has begun: the pews have mostly been removed, which has given a glimpse of the flexibility the completed project will provide.  The old central heating boiler has been replaced, using funds from the Norwood & Newton grant.  The architects have produced a sizeable body of detail drawings, and seven companies are expected to submit tenders for the work by mid-July.

Pie chart showing fundraising progressTwo groups of members are at work: one to investigate and apply for grants from Church bodies and outside funders, and the other to generate ideas for fund-raising events and activities we can run ourselves.  This month we have heard that we have been awarded another significant grant, and have reached the funding target we set in 2021 (though we still don't know for sure what the actual cost will be...)

We have a JustGiving page. Anyone can donate to our project, and GiftAid will automatically be added; or you can "Fundraise for us" - for example, set up a page for people to sponsor you, or make donations in lieu of giving you a birthday present. And...

Green light from the District

We have now received District consent for work to commence (subject to our funds covering the tenders we receive.)  Watch this space for updates!

Would anyone like to buy a pulpit in good condition?  And following the Big Sale, we still have some pine pews remaining (3.4 metres long!)

Fundraising and campaign events:

  • The Big Sale raised over £900, with a further £390 from the Car Wash held at the same time
  • Tickets for the Quiz Night are still available - details in the Update
  • We're working on an Anniversary Recipe Book that we can sell for project funds.

One important aspect of the work which everyone can join to help, is prayer.  There will be a range of ways to participate, and the first is a prayer card.  The card can be downloaded here in a form suitable for printing (4 double-sided cards), or here for passing on by email; or you can use the onscreen version below to pray right now!

Other aids to supporting the project in prayer have been suggested, including a WhatsApp group.  If you use WhatsApp on your smartphone, and would like to be part of a trial group, send a text to Andrew (07563 234967) who will add you to the group.  We're not sure how this will turn out yet, but it's promising so far.  If you have a smartphone but don't currently use WhatsApp, you can find out more here.

Building Project prayer support

Please bring these aspects of the project to God in prayer:

  • Sunday: Pray for our congregation here at Grange Methodist Church, that we may follow God’s guidance in our life together
  • Monday: Pray for the Project Management group, that all work together as a team within the overall vision
  • Tuesday: Pray for the building team, involved with practical issues, timescales and the planning application
  • Wednesday: Pray for the local fundraising team, for those who have Jars of Thanks and for events as they are organised
  • Thursday: Pray for the grants applications team, for wisdom and clarity, and for those who receive the applications
  • Friday: Pray for all who currently use our building, for potential users and for the needs, fears and hopes of the whole Grange community
  • Saturday: Give thanks for all progress made in whatever area of the project and for all the people involved in any way

“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labour in vain.”

Psalm 127 verse 1

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