Chertsey church looks to extend hall size

Authored By David Stubbings  February 06, 2013 and reblogged from Get Surrey with thanks

HI125051_11GROWING congregation sizes at St Peter’s Church in Chertsey have seen it outgrow its hall.

Members of the Windsor Street church want to expand the hall to accommodate the growing number of groups using the building.

A church council meeting last month approved the plans and work has now started on getting designs drawn up and finding funding for the project, which could cost as much as £150,000.

The Reverend Tim Hillier said the church was aiming to obtain planning permission for the work next year.

“Owing to the growth and development in the church, we need more space for Sunday and weekday activities,” he explained.

“It’s nowhere near big enough most of the time. We have simply outgrown our building.

“We are hoping to obtain grants for most of this work from charitable trusts, but we imagine we will be looking for around £150,000 to do this work.”

Rev Hillier said any extension would have to be in keeping with the surrounding area, as the church is in the town centre’s conservation zone.

The church centre is currently made up of a hall and kitchen downstairs, with a youth centre on the first floor.

It is used by various church groups, with seven taking advantage of the centre on Sundays alone.

Other youth groups use the hall during the week and there are also coffee mornings on Fridays, plus other initiatives such as the Chertsey Town Forum.

Built in 1982, the centre is currently the base of its youth worker, with the soon-to-be appointed family and children’s worker also expected to operate from there.

St Peter’s is keen to expand the range of services it offers if the centre is extended.

The expansion is part of the church’s five-year vision, which was launched in September.

“We want to develop a counselling service and expand work with young people and the elderly,” said Rev Hillier.

“Those are the two big areas. It’s all part of our desire to really serve the community in a significant way,” he added.

Applications for the church’s new family and children’s worker have also closed recently.

A shortlist of four is expected to be whittled down from the 15 applicants and the church hopes to appoint someone for the post before the end of the month.GROWING congregation sizes at St Peter’s Church in Chertsey have seen it outgrow its hall.

Members of the Windsor Street church want to expand the hall to accommodate the growing number of groups using the building.

A church council meeting last month approved the plans and work has now started on getting designs drawn up and finding funding for the project, which could cost as much as £150,000.

The Reverend Tim Hillier said the church was aiming to obtain planning permission for the work next year.

“Owing to the growth and development in the church, we need more space for Sunday and weekday activities,” he explained.

“It’s nowhere near big enough most of the time. We have simply outgrown our building.

“We are hoping to obtain grants for most of this work from charitable trusts, but we imagine we will be looking for around £150,000 to do this work.”

Rev Hillier said any extension would have to be in keeping with the surrounding area, as the church is in the town centre’s conservation zone.

The church centre is currently made up of a hall and kitchen downstairs, with a youth centre on the first floor.

It is used by various church groups, with seven taking advantage of the centre on Sundays alone.

Other youth groups use the hall during the week and there are also coffee mornings on Fridays, plus other initiatives such as the Chertsey Town Forum.

Built in 1982, the centre is currently the base of its youth worker, with the soon-to-be appointed family and children’s worker also expected to operate from there.

St Peter’s is keen to expand the range of services it offers if the centre is extended.

The expansion is part of the church’s five-year vision, which was launched in September.

“We want to develop a counselling service and expand work with young people and the elderly,” said Rev Hillier.

“Those are the two big areas. It’s all part of our desire to really serve the community in a significant way,” he added.

Applications for the church’s new family and children’s worker have also closed recently.

A shortlist of four is expected to be whittled down from the 15 applicants and the church hopes to appoint someone for the post before the end of the month.

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