Christ Church Renewed
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Sunday Mornings at Christ Church School
After several years of preparation the Christ Church Renewed building work is under way. During this time, we will be meeting at Christ Church School. It is our prayer that this will be a season of growth and renewal and an opportunity to be a greater blessing to our community.
Here are answers to some of the questions you might have.
When do we move?
Our first day at Christ Church School is Sunday 15th July and we plan to be there each week at 10.30am, until Easter 2019.
How will this happen?
Our usual teams will serve us each week. To make everything run smoothly we will need more help on Sunday mornings. If you feel able to help please contact
How do I get there?
The main entrance to Christ Church School (KT5 8LJ) is on Pine Gardens. There is a pedestrian entrance from Manor Drive that some people may find more convenient. That gate will only be open from 10.00am to 10.25am. There will be a Christ Church flag on Manor Drive to indicate when the gate is open.
Where can I park?
If at all possible we would encourage you not to drive to school. However, if you need to drive, please note that there is no parking or access for drop off allowed within 200 meters of the main entrance as a courtesy to those that live near the school.
There is plenty of secure space for bicycles on site.
There are just a few parking spaces and limited drop off at the school for those with mobility issues. Please let us know if you would like us to reserve a space for you.
What about children’s groups?
All of our groups for children aged 0-14 will continue to meet as normal at school. Registration will take place on arrival, and children will collect badges in their groups. Registration is open from 10.20am.
What about The Six?
During the building work The Six will continue to meet at 6pm on Sunday evenings in the lounge at the church.
Where is the church office?
It will still be in the church. The entrance will be on King Charles Road.
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September 2018 Update: The work to the building continues. The offices and pathfinder room have been removed. The floor has been lowered throughout and is almost ready for the new floor to arrive. Before that can happen, several areas need to be given improved foundations especially the NE and SE rooms to take the load of the new first floor.
There is further good news on the financial front. With pledges, gifts and grants we have fully met the total needed for Phase 1a. Praise God! This means that we can now start to raise funds for Phase 1b, the cost of which is estimated at £247,800. So far we have received £49,445 towards this which leaves us with a shortfall for Phase 1b of £198,355.
August 2018 Update: The work on the building has begun! The first stage of the work was to reduce the size of the organ, in particular removing the pipes from the NE and SE rooms. Once that had been completed the builders, Claremont Construction were able to take control of the site and begin their work. The first stage of preparing and securing the site will be followed by lowering the floor throughout the building.
Good news on the financial front with a second successful grant application, this time £20,000 from the Marshall's Charity.
July 2018 Update: The Faculty has finally arrived and it is good news. We can now get started on Christ Church Renewed! Over the next few weeks we hope to sign the contract with the builders to allow them to start work on Monday 30th July. Before that date work will begin to reduce the size of the organ and to prepare the site.
We have been so grateful to all who have responded to the latest appeal for £233,000. Over the last three weeks we have had gifts, loans and pledges of £116,490 and we have also been promised a grant of £50,000 from Viridor Credits. The current shortfall for Phase 1a is £65,510.
June 2018 Update: We have been told that the Chancellor is writing up his decision and that we should hear from him very soon. We are hopeful that the faculty will come quickly and that there will not be any significant conditions attached to it.
In the meantime, we have launched an appeal for £233,000 to cover the costs of Phase 1a. This will enable us to sign the contract with the builders and get started on Christ Church Renewed. We recognise that this is another big challenge but know that all things are possible with God. We trust that we can reach this figure with a mixture of gifts, pledges, loans and grants.
Phase 1a includes all the structural work for Phase 1, the reduction in the organ, all professional fees and insurance costs, the costs of moving out and using the school for Sunday services, and a contingency reserve.
Total cost: £1,362,205. Total given and pledged: £1,129,427. Phase 1a shortfall: £232,778.
Phase 1b includes various elements to complete Phase 1: the new chairs, the AV system, the mission giving and the reinstatement of the organ. Total cost: £243,000.
March 2018 Update: Plans have now been submitted to the Chancellor of Southwark Diocese requesting he grant a faculty to allow the work to take place. Pray for a favourable and speedy response. We are still waiting for final approval from Kingston Council - pray for this to come through.
With gifts and pledges now at over £1.1m our shortfall for Phase One is now £297,000. A gift day is planned for 22nd April and applications are being made for grants.
February 2018 Update: While the negotiations with the Fire Officer continue, careful work is being undertaken to draw up the specification for our audio visual requirements which will be submitted under a separate faculty application.
A gift of £40,000 has been approved for Johannesburg Bible College, enabling the completion of parts of their new buildings on their Soweto campus.
January 2018 Update: The DAC have given their approval subject to a few minor amendments. There are ongoing negotiations with the Fire Officer over Building Regulations, which could have implications for planning.
December 2017 Update: We have now submitted what we hope will be the final version of the plans for Phase 1 to the DAC to consider at their meeting on 12th December. If they give their approval we will then be ready to apply to the Chancellor of the Diocese for a Faculty which will give us permission to start the work. Please pray for a speedy and positive response from the DAC and the Chancellor so that we can start work early in 2018! Pray also for the team looking at the AV and lighting requirements, that the best solutions would be found.
Our current estimates are that the total cost of Phase 1 will be in the region of £1.4m. This includes the cost of building work, all fees, the AV system, the required renovation of the organ and our giving to external mission. At the end of November gifts and pledges to Christ Church Renewed now total £1,081,034 which is so encouraging. We now need to press on to raise the remaining £325k which we will need to have raised or have pledged before we can begin Phase 1.
November 2017 Update: The architects are hard at work on the value engineering process, trying to reduce the costs of the project. The main area for saving will be in the construction of the floor and the heating for the church. Various other details are also being looked at to see where savings will be possible that will not compromise the goals of the project as a whole.
At the end of October gifts and pledges to Christ Church Renewed now total £1,077,076 which is so encouraging.
October 2017 Update: Detailed negotiations are now underway with one firm of builders who have successfully completed another local church project. With the architect and quantity surveyor we are continuing to look at where savings can be made and where costs can be more accurately estimated.
At the end of September gifts and pledges to Christ Church Renewed now total £1,073,385 which continues to be encouraging.
September 2017 Update: Five firms have provided tenders for the project and we are now analysing these with the architect and quantity surveyor. First indications are that all the tenders are much higher than we had expected.
June 2017 Update: Meetings with the architect and quantity surveyor have produced all the information that we need to send to the building contractors so that they can price the work. These tenders will be drawn up during July and August so that we can interview a prospective firm in September.
At the end of May gifts and pledges to Christ Church Renewed now total £1,036,905 which is so encouraging. Pray for the building firms as they look at the plans and provide their estimates for the work.
April 2017 Update: We have fantastic news to share regarding our fundraising. At the end of March gifts and pledges to Christ Church Renewed now total £1,023,605. Praise God for his wonderful generosity to us and for the ways that he has enabled many to give to this project.
This is a major milestone for us and it gets us close to the figure that we need to start Phase 1. In the meantime we continue to press on with the final submission to the DAC. There are still a number of details for us and the architect to put together - so do keep praying for all who are involved in this process.
March 2017 Update: Details are now being prepared to help draw up the tender documents that will go to potential builders. The report from the organ builder and organ consultant suggest a solution that will enable us to remove the overhanging pipes in the south east and north east rooms. Some of these pipes can be brought into the main body of the organ in the chancel and others can be reproduced digitally. The full plans for Phase 1 will be submitted to the DAC at the end of April for their meeting in May.
Fundraising continues to be encouraging with pledges and gifts at the end of February totalling £647,098.
February 2017 Update: Detailed work is continuing on the plans. A constructive meeting with the representative from Historic England has meant that we can progress the Statement of Need with the goal of submitting our plans to the DAC in March or April. We are still awaiting advice on our options for the organ. Do keep praying for clear and helpful guidance.
Fundraising continues to be encouraging with pledges and gifts at the end of January totalling £575,613.
December 2016 Update: A helpful visit from the DAC in November has clarified the areas that we need to consider carefully. The options for the organ and for flooring were the significant areas discussed and we are thankful for the genuine support that the DAC has for the project.
At the end of November our gifts and pledges total £573,064.
October 2016 Update: Again there is plenty of progress to report and some key areas to pray for. The architect has made good progress on detailed designs and drawings and pictures can be seen on the boards in church. The necessary consultants (Structural Engineer, Quantity Surveyor, Mechanical and Electrical Engineer) have all been appointed and are carrying out their work. Initial calculations suggest that the total build cost will be in the region of £2.04m so we are analysing these figures and need to work out whether we can tackle the project in one go or whether we need to phase the project. The DAC has raised a few key areas that we need to think carefully about: the organ, the font, the flooring and the view to the Rose Window at the West End.
We now need to step up our commitment to the project and raising the necessary funds. The key message is that now is the time for each of us to commit to significant and sacrificial giving as God prompts and enables us. As of 16th October
June 2016 Update: There is plenty of good news to report. The DAC (that is the Diocesan Advisory Committee who have to approve the plans) visited in April and met in May. They have reported that they are in favour of the basic principles of our design with just a few areas that they want to discuss further with us. This gives the architect a green light for drawing up detailed plans. At the same
We are very encouraged that with gifts and pledges we have raised so far. As of 5th June