We aim to take our old church on a new journey so that it works for our mission and ministry in the twenty-first century. The main entrance, worship area and most of the rear rooms are largely untouched from 1874. Times have changed and significant maintenance issues have been identified so doing nothing is no longer an option.
What are the restrictions and problems with the current building?
The point where the outside meets the inside is key. The main porch is narrow, unwelcoming, and impractical. The existing pair of stairs giving access to the gallery are the very steep and dark. Once in the worship area the pews make access difficult, is inflexible, and is poorly heated with little storage. The rear rooms are somewhat unused being mainly the old toilet block, and the rest are impractical and no longer fit for purpose.
The proposed design solutions are:
- To rebuild the porch and to enlarge it, reworking the stairs at the same time.
- To remove the pews, organ and dais in the main worship area and install new heating and sound system, refurbishing the upstairs pews at the same time. This would make the whole church welcoming, with a sense of arrival, accessible, practical, light and with a sense of space.
- A prayer/quiet room is planned and new office room in addition to a large entrance foyer.
- For the rear rooms the plans factor in a flexible use of space, accessible, good storage, new kitchenette, disabled access toilet and small extra room.
Jefferson Sheard are our Architects and they have produced plans for the church family to consider and adopt as a way forward. They will then guide us through the permission process and be with us when the construction takes place.
A detailed floorplan can be seen by clicking here