GBC Weekly News 22 April

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News from our Special Church Meeting

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April Update: Oikodom 2

Four years ago, we launched our first Oikodom building appeal. This enabled much of our Church Centre to be rebuilt to serve a new generation. It provided the new Craft Room and storage area, 50% more space in our hall, our new wide entrance and central spine with access to the whole building, new kitchen, new toilets, lift to give full upward access to our upstairs rooms, and a better office configuration.

We called the project OIKODOM because first Christians had one word for building a structure and building lives: OIKODOM.

Now the time has come for OIKODOM 2. There are two upcoming parts to the project. One is to extend Room 5. This has been agreed and our builder will start soon. The enlarged room also has the potential for use as a Prayer Room with direct access from the street or as a Sensory room for use for young children with learning difficulties. There will also be opportunities for other uses e.g. creative art in worship, small meetings in a downstairs area, breakout from the small hall, as well as the possibility of generating income from external bookings.

The other part of Oikodom 2 is the complete renovation of the Worship Area and Resources Room which is expected to include new heating, windows, lighting, a permanent baptistry, better storage for resources and chairs, better changing facilities for baptism, and much more.  We are now seeking planning permission and obtaining competitive tenders.  A copy of the current plans can be downloaded here.

We need to raise the finance. Room 5 will cost £45,000 plus equipping out, much but not all of which can be met from our General Fund reserve. The Worship Area is estimated at about £200,000. Our first Gift Day will be on Sunday 20 May 2018.

You can also commit to helping fund the project by completing the Financial Pledge Response Form and returning it to Brett Mickelburgh, our Church Treasurer.

Financial Pledge Response Form

GBC Weekly News 15 April

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Hope into Action

Hope into Action provides homes for the most vulnerable in society in partnership with local churches.

Their model is built on the belief that when people have a safe, secure home surrounded by loving, non-judgemental relationships they will find the strength and motivation to make positive life choices.

At GBC, we are exploring whether we can partner with Hope into Action as a way of providing suitable local accommodation for a Syrian refugee family under the government’s Community Sponsorship Scheme.

We have Ed Walker, the Hope into Action CEO, coming to meet potential investors and other people interested for breakfast, a presentation and plenty of time for Q&A. All welcome to come without commitment.

More information on Hope into Action. More information on Community Sponsorship.

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GBC Weekly News 8 April

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Thy Kingdom Come – Global Prayer

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

Between 10 – 20 May, communities and churches around the world are gathering together to pray that their friends, families and neighbours come to know Jesus Christ. Prayer events of all shapes and sizes will take place across the 10 days, including 24-7 prayer rooms, prayer days, prayer walks and half nights of prayer. Cathedrals, churches and other venues will host Beacon Events, gathering people across towns and cities to worship and to pray for the empowering of the Holy Spirit for effective witness.

Plan to join in!

On Twitter, follow @thykingdom_come and use the Thy Kingdom Come hashtags when tweeting:
#ThyKingdom_Come
#Pledge2Pray

On Facebook, like the Thy Kingdom Come page: facebook.com/ThyKingdomComeUK

Find out more about Thy Kingdom Come: thykingdomcome.global/

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