Building Restoration Project
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These verses are from the Prophet Haggai (chapter 1) concerning the temple in Jerusalem:
This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘These people say, “The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house.” ’
Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: ‘Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your panelled houses, while this house remains a ruin?’
The good news is that our church building at St. Thomas' Bradley is not a ruin. It is a wonderful place for us to meet together, to Pray, to Worship and Praise God. However without care and attention the building will not last forever - though it has already lasted many years past its predicted lifetime. The building is starting to show signs of wear and tear and the concrete panels which make up the outer walls are starting to crack and crumble. We need to act now to preserve the building for future generations.
The plan is to preserve the concrete panels and at the same time improve insulation by encasing the outer shell of the church building with insulation and a brick skin. An early model to present the idea looked like this:
The work will be done in phases and is to include a new entrance area, re-designed gables with illuminated cross as well as the insulation and brick skin. It will preserve the building, improve energy efficiency and the improvements should help to make the building more welcoming and make the purpose of the building (Church) more obvious.
How Can We All Help?
We need to raise a substantial amount of money (around £ 100 000 after completing all phases of the work). Ways in which we can do this are:
Ways to Contribute
Building Fund Update - Mar. 2020
A Thank you to everyone who has contributed - or is contributing monthly - to our building fund. Latest news is that we have raised £42,000 - very good news, but still some way to go. Our architect is drawing up plans and planning permission has been approved.