At various Church Members’ Meetings our members have discussed and agreed a way forward for changing the front of the building and the main worship area. This is subject to the appropriate finance being available.
This marks over a three year journey for the church, as we have tried to discern the right thing to do with our Victorian premises.
Initial plans were drawn up by Canterbury-based architect Nick Lee-Evans submitted to Medway Council for approval. This was given in early 2015.
It consists principally of:
a new glazed entrance to replace the current stone steps.
a 13 person lift to provide the community with full access to all levels in the building.
a ground floor reception area and offices.
new first floor toilets.
Church members and regular attenders are financially supporting this initiative but they cannot complete it on their own, so we are actively seeking financial support from others (individuals, groups & organisations) for this scheme.
We believe that with this major alteration to the front of the buildings and other changes we will be better able to serve the Gillingham public and it will become a much more effective community resource.
Current situation (March / April 2017)
Changes to the earlier proposals for our building have now been made.
These changes will still provide us with the same facilities indicated above.
Below shows the revised, and approved, frontage design using less glass panels. The front is also set further back from the pavement. This has helped to reduce the cost of the build. The smaller picture on the right and at the top shows the previous design.
Other changes have been and are being made to various aspects of the overall build to further bring down costs.
It is hoped that the membership will make a decision on whether to go ahead with the build once all the relevant information is available.
A special project fund has been established called ‘Fund for the Future’
A well as trying to raise monies through our own resources and people we are also seeking support from other individuals and organisations that would like to partner with us in this work.
If you would like to donate to our ‘Fund for the Future’ please click on the ‘mydonate’ box below and then follow the instructions. You can also Gift Aid your Donation.
You can also send a cheque direct to the church office.
If you require further details please contact the Church Office.