Following months of refurbishment and planning, we are now open. The church starting meeting at the centre on 21st April 2013. There is still further work to be completed in the grounds and within the centre but the vast majority has now been completed.
The Church will be meeting every Sunday at 10:30am - you are very welcome to join us.
On Sunday 2nd June there will be no morning meeting but we will be hosting a guest opening celebration service with drinks from 3.30pm and a short service from 4-5pm where we will be celebrating the re-opening of the building as a centre for worship.
Week four of the contracted works is well underway with a good chunk of the roofing workings now being complete. The electrical installation is progressing well and following the removal of asbestos from the boiler room, we are expecting Scottish Power to replace the bank of outdated meters and redundant boxes with a new power supply and single three-phase meter. Also this week, our tree surgeon will be visiting the site to get rid of many of the trees damaging the walls, the paths and the drains which have now been completed repaired and refurbished. Work on the new toilets is due to start soon.
On the heating front, we have commissioned a new central heating boiler for the small hall side of the building so we can supply heat to the whole side of the building including the new toilets and creche facility. This will also supply hot water to the toilet hand basins and the kitchen.
A lot of work is going on behind the scenes too in order to plan the phase two developments at the building inclusing the furnishing of the individual rooms, the development of an office facility and a large cental projection screen.
The frustration of waiting for something promised is always difficult - especially when there are deadlines, tasks and people to organise!
We were hoping to have completed by Friday but Friday came and went. We are told that the paperwork is on its last leg of signatures and should be back with the C of E solicitors by Monday. We hope very much to complete by Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest. Everything else is in place so we must continue to wait.
Habakkuk, one of the Old Testament prophets knew all about waiting. In chapter 2 he writes;
"For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end-it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay."
It seems heartless advice really ... Just wait for it. I guess what he is saying is that God's timing is perfect and that we must put our frustrations to one side and wait patiently until what He has ordered comes to pass. May God help us!