Building for the future
Emmanuel church fellowship took the decision to build a new church in 2014 and have been fundraising to that end. Our old building was in need of significant repair and was too small to house our growing congregation. It was also limited in its ability to provide facilities that could be used by both the congregation and the local community.
Due to circumstances outside of our control, it has taken a number of years to be able to commence the project. We are thankful to the Lord for his faithfulness in bringing us to this point.
Work is now well underway on our new church building. This commenced in June 2021 but we have seen some delays due to the effect of the COVID pandemic on the building industry. We are thankful that we are now at the stage of having had all the groundworks completed and the foundations laid. Week commencing 6th November saw the steel work arrive and that has now been completed.
The church appointed a Building Committee consisting of members of the congregation with the required skills to plan the project working closely alongside local architect Russ Baker who has been heavily involved since commencement of the project.
We have now engaged the services of PMC Squared Project Management company to manage and oversee the project and Croft Construction North West Ltd to undertake the building works.
Our vision for the building
To provide a new church building that is welcoming and friendly to all, which has enhanced facilities for the purpose of worshipping God and meeting the growing needs of our present congregation and local community.
We estimate the full cost of the building will be around £1.4 million. Our desire is for the whole building to be completed in one phase. The majority of the funding has already been raised by the members of the congregation and one anonymous donor. For the outstanding amount we continue to fundraise and look to the Lord to graciously provide.
Whilst we are without a building we have been kindly supported by Leftwich Primary School where we meet as a congregation on Sunday mornings and occasionally in Hartford Church centre Sunday evenings. We are grateful to both for their generosity to us.
Our mid week events are limited until our new building is finished.
Once completed we will be making our building available for hire for the purposes of conferences, events and community activities. We aim to do this as a service to the community rather than a business venture. All hiring bodies will be required to meet our hiring policy regulations. Any revenue accrued will be reinvested for the maintenance of the building and utility expenses.
The main auditorium will seat up to 150 people with the capability of opening into our cafe area with a further 50 seats for special services such as our Carols by Candlelight Christmas Service. The auditorium will be mainly used for worship services and larger events.
In addition there will be a multi purpose hall which can be divided into three separate rooms if required.
The Cafe area will be central to the building and the servery will provide hot drinks and snacks. We are excited at the prospect of this being a place that could become a local community hub whereby people can pop in and make use of these facilities and where we can offer a warm welcome and friendly space to meet.
There will be a large kitchen and creche just off the cafe area.
Reception office and toilets will be near the entrance and further staff offices and meeting area to the first floor.
There will be a large car park to the rear of the building and a small play area at the side of the building accessed via the Multi purpose hall.
There will be disabled access and toilet facilities.
From the new church building we would like to expand the services we currently run and offer additional activities, events and groups. This would fulfill our aim of meeting some of the needs of the local community that were highlighted in our consultation process as well as our own needs as a congregation. As a church we are in the process of planning and researching what these could look like and how best to provide them.
Some examples of these could possibly be:
- Parent and Toddler group
- Children’s clubs
- Senior Citizen Group
- Keep Fit sessions
- Dementia cafe
- Bereavement support group
- Slimming classes
- Art class