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(8) St Barnabas Bearwood


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(8) St Barnabas Bearwood

  1. 1. Realising the vision at St Barnabas Making the impossible possible Revd Geoff Boland, Team vicar Dr John Waldsax, Parish warden
  2. 2. Situation <ul><li>St Barnabas was built by Canford Magna Churches in 1982 to meet the needs of the population (5,000) of the Bearwood Estate on the edge of Poole and Bournemouth </li></ul><ul><li>The church has grown over recent years, so the worship space is now full (125 seats) </li></ul><ul><li>The frontage is both in need of repair and modest and uninviting in appearance….. </li></ul><ul><li>But more people still want to come </li></ul><ul><li>The Parish has three churches with about 550 members </li></ul>
  3. 3. The vision <ul><li>In 2007 as we celebrated the 25 th Anniversary the founding Rector told the celebration party “Sorry, we built it too small!” </li></ul><ul><li>The Vicar appointed a team to lead a rebuilding project. They started by specifying their requirements which included </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An increase to over 200 seats in the worship space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improved catering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better office and meeting space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More storage </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The start <ul><li>We instructed the church architect to draw up plans </li></ul><ul><li>He did, and included lots of everything including a second storey meeting space to help maximise use of the site footprint </li></ul><ul><li>And it came back with a price tag of nearly £800,000, which really discouraged the team and the congregation </li></ul>
  5. 5. Initial funding plan <ul><li>We had an in-house Gift day. Brochures were produced and the parish membership raised about £70,000 plus some pledges </li></ul><ul><li>We mailed a researched list of Christian Trusts (from a previous project building; a youth club), but this only raised about £32,500. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Situation and response (2007) <ul><li>A mountain to climb </li></ul><ul><li>Review design with new architect and own builders and QS </li></ul><ul><li>Meanwhile press on with funding activities to motivate and overcome discouragement! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Fund raising continued for two years Source £ Initial donations 68,469 Initial pledge of one-off donations 10,630 Trusts 32,500 Miscellaneous fundraising (coffee mornings, art shows etc) 17,127 Peter Lawrence memorial fund 7,921 Church growth conference 1,256 Flower festival 4,254 Sponsored pilgrimage 750 Future pledges of tithes 11,740 Funds raised and committed 154,647 Transfers from sister churches' reserves 22,867 Interest received 5,157 Gift Aid 16,629 Own reserves 23,696 Loan from Christian trust 75,000 Parish and financial resources 143,349 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR 297,996
  8. 8. Some methods <ul><li>Gift day; promoted with brochure and talk Parish wide; cash and pledges accepted </li></ul><ul><li>Temporary tithes (e.g. £5,000 at £200 per month) </li></ul><ul><li>Coffee mornings </li></ul><ul><li>Flower show profits (Incl. Concert, café, workshops) </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsored pilgrimage to New Wine </li></ul><ul><li>Memorial gift (following death-in-service of Rector) </li></ul><ul><li>Art show </li></ul><ul><li>“ Celebration of renewal in Dorset” conference </li></ul>
  9. 9. The redesign <ul><li>A new architect helped us question everything we asked for and set priorities </li></ul><ul><li>Every requirement was costed by our QS and then debated </li></ul><ul><li>The final design achieved 95% of what we had originally asked for </li></ul><ul><li>And obtained planning permission </li></ul><ul><li>It was then (Summer 2009) tendered for construction and the cost came down to £372,000 in two phases (£301k and £71k) </li></ul>
  10. 10. A building which looks like a church! And the result was…
  11. 11. <ul><li>A welcoming interior </li></ul>
  12. 12. With lots of light and open to the public
  13. 13. Using every inch of the site
  14. 14. And most importantly seating 60% more worshippers
  15. 15. Current situation <ul><li>We have enough for Phase 1, achieving about 80% of our objectives </li></ul><ul><li>We will run another parish gift day with 3 encouraged congregations </li></ul><ul><li>We are reviewing own labour for Phase 2 building </li></ul>
  16. 16. Lessons learned <ul><li>When at first……., pray and question everything </li></ul><ul><li>Do not be afraid to talk to other architects and QS’s; use your own building expertise for advice and to keep you realistic </li></ul><ul><li>It helps if your people are passionate about the project; encourage the spiritual and prayer support of your vision ( we wanted to grow ) </li></ul><ul><li>The national Christian trusts are not great at funding new churches; develop local sponsoring trust relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraising can be great fun </li></ul><ul><li>Consider phasing construction to obtain biggest benefits first </li></ul>
  17. 17. Final thoughts <ul><li>Parish giving is not just a function of size and wealth. Canford’s population is average for a suburban church in this diocese. Generosity is a response enabled by spiritual health. </li></ul><ul><li>Without a vision the church dies, but affording the vision means having an open mind to God about all the means you have to use to fund it. Canford would never have built its current churches if they had been three separate parishes. We use the resources of all our congregations to unite in meeting the challenge. </li></ul><ul><li>The fruits of the Spirit include patience and generosity. Help your people to a daily encounter with the Holy Spirit, and perseverance and generosity result… as does joy! </li></ul>