Building for the future
We have passed another major milestone on the way to our target of £1.7m, as our current fundraising total brings us to over £1.2m – less than £500k to go!!
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Around fifty years ago a group of Christians had a vision to establish a church in Binscombe.
Many people over this time have benefitted from their vision and investment. Times have changed but our commitment and vision remain the same; to create a church centre that will bring the Christian message in word and action to the people of Binscombe and beyond, both for today and for future generations.
Over recent years we have seen significant growth in people and in the number of different church and community activities.
Whilst we welcome this growth it has considerably stretched our capacity to function well in our current building. A lack of space to grow, limited social and circulation space, inadequate accessibility and a general deterioration of our current building were the key factors behind our decision in May 2015 to submit rebuild designs for Planning Application.
Full Permission to rebuild was granted by Waverley Borough Council on 5th November 2015. To view our application, with related documents and plans, click or tap here.
Could you help us meet our fundraising target of £1.7m?
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
We would value your PRAYERS for this exciting step forward in our church’s history.
For more information on how you can GIVE, click or tap here...
Binscombe Church at the heart of the community
Clearly our services are online at present, but in normal times we average 110 people in our main Sunday service, with special events being frequently in excess of 140.
In order to create space to welcome more people, from 23rd September 2018 we moved our Sunday morning programme to our local Secondary School.
Throughout the week our building is used for various Bible studies, prayer meetings and planning meetings as well as a range of community activities.
Our oversubscribed Toddlers group serves around 30 families and our four youth groups, ranging from reception to year 9, host around 80 local children. Our Women’s Fellowship holds a weekly worship service for around 30 ladies, with our Friday Coffee morning providing a relaxed social space for local people. Other events that we host include; debt management courses, youth justice meetings, mediation services, community forums, parties, craft events, quiz nights, polling station and training events.
In the future we would like to explore other valuable resources to serve our community, such as becoming a debt centre.
The Design Scheme
Our vision is to create a new facility that has a welcoming feel with accessible and flexible space throughout with the following key elements:
• A spacious and welcoming café style reception area that serves as a social hub and provides easy access to all key areas of the building.
• It will benefit from a multipurpose main meeting room with space for normal Sunday meetings, larger meetings and social events.
• A supplementary hall will be a multipurpose space for smaller meetings, social events, Sunday morning children’s group activities and midweek children’s and youth groups and other mid week meetings.
• The new facility will enjoy modern and accessible toilets.
• A suite of other rooms will be versatile, providing for private meetings, admin work stations for Church staff and volunteers, crèche, storage areas and a Pastor's study.
• The kitchen will have capacity to cater for simple drinks and refreshment provision as well as for larger catering events.
The 3 Computer Generated Images below have been generously donated by Matthew Harwood, Architectural Designer - Blue Forest
An artist's impression of the finished building
How the site might appear from the street
An artist's impression of the entrance foyer
Including the removal of our existing building, the estimated cost of this project is £1.7m.
Here is the latest information on our Fundraising effort for the new building. It will be regularly updated...
Total as at 5th May 2021:
72% of £1.7m target
For more information on how you can GIVE, click or tap here.