May 2016 is a very important month in the history of Christ Church. After years of talks, plans and disappointments this month we start work on the new entrance and toilets. The contractor will arrive on site on Tuesday 3rd May and be here for around 8 weeks. During that time we will see a new entrance to the church appear in the north-west corner and toilets will be built in the existing entranceway.

In order to get ready for this, on the Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May we will be clearing the west end of church. Any help will be greatly appreciated especially from about 10.00am but also later in the day. If you want to check whether you’re needed on the day do call my mobile.

Although we will be able to use the church building at weekends it will be inaccessible from Monday to Friday. Please do not attempt to come and see how the work is going as our church will be a building site with the accompanying dangers. Some of the outcomes of this are:

  • The church office will not be accessible to the public, although Helen will continue to work there on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (10.00am until 12.00noon). She can be contacted during those hours on 02392 379992.
  • Tuesday Morning Prayer will be held in the Vicarage Study (9.00am), except on 17th and 31st May when it will not take place.
  • Midweek Communion will be held at St John’s Purbrook at 10.30am on Thursdays. This means that there will be a service at St John’s every Thursday, but responsibility for organising it will alternate between Revd Connie Sherman and myself.
  • Church cleaning will be on a Saturday Morning at 9.00am. On some weeks the church may be particularly dirty and we will need to move furniture back into place, so if you can come along and help, please do.
  • The Rusty Cutters will still be able to look after the churchyard each Wednesday, although access will be from the church hall car park.
  • There will be no Open Church or Coffee Morning.

Obviously there will be some inconvenience during the next two months, but at the end of it we will have significantly improved the functionality of our building, enhancing the mission of the church.

The PCC has decided to go ahead with this work even though there remains a shortfall of funds, by taking out a short-term loan. It is hoped that most of the shortfall will be covered by grants, in particular the Listed Places of Worship Grant, which should enable us to recover a sum equivalent to the VAT paid, but only after we have paid. Once this phase of the project is complete there will be further work to be scheduled outside and inside the building (e.g. resurfacing the drive, carpeting the west end of the church), so please do continue to give to the building fund.

Please continue to pray for this project – for an easy implementation and for good decisions for the future.

“By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.  For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”  (1 Cor 3;10-11)

 

Andy

Revd Andy Wilson Vicar, Christ Church Portsdown / Joint Area Dean, Havant / Chaplain, Havant & Waterlooville FC