Church & Community Centre
Update – January 2018
In September 2017, tenders were issued to four contractors for the fitting out of the new building and, following a detailed assessment of the responses, Hystar has commenced work with the aim of completing the project ready for our first wedding booking in early July. It is still possible that the ground floor community room and toilet facilities will be made temporarily available for refreshments after the 10.30am service on Easter Sunday.
In parallel, a £0.5m loan has been secured on favourable terms from CAF bank to cover the shortfall in funding required to complete the project. This will ensure that Hystar’s programme and schedule of payments is protected whilst fundraising initiatives continue. This loan will, of course, need to be re-paid and a key focus for the Steering Committee over the next few months will be to formalise the business plan and income streams from various activities in the new building, including the series of concerts and recitals, as well as agreements with key partners.
This is an incredibly exciting time for St John’s and, with our new music team now in place and settling in, I would ask that you please continue to pray for all those involved in the project and that we will all soon be enjoying and sharing in the benefits that our fantastic new building will have to offer.