In December 2014, St Luke’s received planning permission for a major redevelopment of its premises, which have seen little change since the 1960s. This followed a period of consultation with church members and the wider community, including the Settlement, the Wellspring Healthy Living Centre, which houses the GP surgery, and the mosque. All key stakeholders are fully supportive of the project, which is testament to their recognition of the important role the church plays in the community. St Luke’s is currently undergoing a process of fundraising with the aim of carrying out the building work as soon as possible.
Renovation of our premises is badly needed as they are currently in a state of decay, cold in winter, and completely lacking in disabled access. Bringing our premises into the twenty first century is essential if we are to serve the community better, grow as a Church, and advance God’s mission in this place.
The redevelopment will involve a complete overhaul of the church interior, including partitioning the church – with a moveable partition – to create a smaller worship space. At the same time, this will enable us to make better use of the back of the church and balcony area for activities throughout the week. In addition, the present halls, which are very dated and run down, will be demolished. As part of a second phase of the project, we have permission to build a low rise office and warehouse space in their place.
Completing the redevelopment will help significantly with our ability to develop and extend our work in the local community.
During 2015 we have made progress by removing pews and introducing seats which allows us to hold our café style breakfast service. We are currently busy fundraising for the next stages of the project and have appointed an appeal manager. An announcement as to the next stage of the project, including a new floor and heating system for the church, will be made soon.
If you would like to get involved with the project, including helping with fundraising, please get in touch! If you would like to donate towards this project then please visit our just giving page.