Update from Friday 14/2/2020
Hello, we thought it had been a long time since we’d last updated you on the situation with the hall etc, so, here we are.
The contents of the kitchen are in the middle of the hall under cover. The kitchen is completely gutted, there is a tiny serving area which the refreshments team are coping wonderfully with (meaning we can have coffee after a service). Thanks everyone who is dealing with that.
We cannot accept any bookings for the hall. The work has been assessed, scheduled, but not started, and so, we don’t know how long it’s going to be. We know the work is likely to take around 2 months or so, but we don’t have a start date. Therefore, we are taking no bookings until we can be sure that we can honour our commitments.
There are a lot of things in storage. We had to do that as there wasn’t enough room to store things and allow the builders to be able to get around to do their work.
Please be aware of this if you come down to church and cannot find something. It is more than likely with loads of other bits and pieces that will all be returned once the work had been completed in the hall. If you require something in the meantime and have to purchase it yourself, please let the office know. We don’t know where the storage facility is, and things were packed into crates, and so, retrieval is not an option.
Thank you for your patience.
Update from Friday 13/12/19
Our phone number has been restored to us.
The hearing loop has gone loopy.
We have a copier, and a more workable office. We’re preparing for Christmas in earnest now, and really excited to be welcoming folk in Sunday morning at 10am, for what we hope will be a really joyous celebration of returning “home”. Can we welcome you that morning as well?
Work has started in the hall, and it’s f-f-f-f-freezing.
We are going to be serving coffee and tea after the service in the morning, so we’d love if you could stay and chat and see the work that has gone on.
In the afternoon is our Christingle service, at 4.30pm. Do join us. We’d love to share with you our great joy of the season, our joy at being “home, but also our continued joy of meeting together as God’s people.
So many people have worked so hard this week – and we’re so grateful.
This will be my last update of this year, as there’s little more to update you with until we know a bit more in the New Year.
Pictures from the vestry and the hall.
Our new Copier – Yay!
Update from Friday 6/12/19
We have a new temporary floor in the church and the builders have moved in (as has a mouse – sighted last Tuesday). We are looking ahead to next week when carpets are going to be fitted, church cleaned, stuff moved, or and everything generally straightened. In the meantime, the chairs are back in.
The hall kitchen has been completely stripped out, and a metre of plaster has been removed right around the hall walls.
It looks surreal. But, it’s good to know that things are getting started.
A lot of things have been put into storage. We had to do this to allow us to still use the church. We will let church family know when the items are returned.
I think that’s it for this week; hopefully we can tell you more after next weeks activities, but in the meantime, we look ahead to welcoming people on 15th December for 10am Communion and our Christingle Service (The dolly mixtures arrived yesterday!).
Update from Friday 29/11/19
The church is dry, messy, misplaced and a bit unoccupied, but we as a people are ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven. Throughout the frustrations and stresses of this week, we have needed to remind ourselves of this.
We are still without copier, phone, but, we’re getting around things.
Whilst it is great to have such a beautiful and ancient building, which means such a lot to those who have had links with it now and in the past, we’re also aware that we’re also caring for it for future generations as well. And, it has to be said that the church being in this state is giving us a great opportunity to look at new ways of doing things, or new layouts.
The builders will be turning up on Monday morning at 8am, and work will begin on making the church safe and presentable for Christmas, and also on the hall to begin the drying process proper.
We’ll be moving back into church w/c 9/12, so any volunteers, please let the church office know and we’ll keep you in mind.
Thank you for your patience during this time. We have felt your prayers and good wishes.
Update from Friday 22/11/19
Well, some good news to start with – we no longer have a mouse problem.
This week we’ve had meetings with the Loss Adjuster, Insurers and the Disaster Recovery people, and is looking even more likely that we will be back in the church for our Christingle service on 15th December at 4.30pm. Put it in your diary! We will be meeting there at 10am in the morning as well. The bells will once again ring and we hope to be able to welcome many of you back to our church home.
However, the hall is damaged extensively and it will be a while until we are in any position to hold any groups in there. We are currently not taking ANY bookings, and will reassess this in the New Year, when we can take stock and see how the work is progressing. The kitchen needs a lot of work, the plaster and timber in the hall needs to be removed and replaced. But, we have a clean church.
In the meantime, William Gilbert School have offered their premises for the next 3 weeks. So, we will be meeting there this Sunday (24th November) and 1st & 8th December.
The office phone is still not sorted, but the number has been diverted, so if you ring, you will get a response. Please try and avoid ringing in the evenings, and at Weekends, as the office is not technically open then. (Church Office in it’s current state)
The staff team are now a little more settled in their new surroundings, and it looks more and more likely that we will be here for a couple of months.
Update from 14/11/19
The cleaners are gone, but the drying is still ongoing.
We have not received the certificate to say the church is safe, so please refrain form going down to have a look. If there’s something you think you urgently need, let the office know.
We have meetings with various agencies next week and should be able to update you then.
In the meantime, the office will be closed tomorrow. And we’ll see you on Sunday, either at William Gilbert school at 10am, or St Paul’s Little Eaton at 4.30pm.