At the Building Project team meeting on 7th October, we were informed of the quotations from five companies bidding for the first phase of the work. Having analysed them, the Quantity Surveyor will make a recommendation that will be considered by the PCC (the Parochial Church Council) in November. This project is gathering pace.
One of the goals for the Project team is to communicate regularly about what is happening, keeping everyone up-to-date with the progress, if it has been faltering. Besides reading articles in this magazine, seeing updates on the noticeboard in the church, spotting the occasional piece in the local newspapers and checking out the website, you can ask any question you have to members of the Project team. Graham Cottam and Steve Hasler, and I, for example, would be happy to respond to any point or query you have. I trust that you feel that you have had and continue to have every opportunity to be well-informed. Do let me know if you think that there is more that we can be doing. Thank you.
Undergirding this whole adventure has been the desire to do what God is asking of us. This project will be advantageous to us in our mission and ministry, and to following generations. This is a forward-looking project. Of vital importance in discerning God’s will in this unfolding process, and in seeking God’s help, has been prayer. I ask you to pray for God’s ongoing guidance and for God to give us all we need to complete this work.
My second request is for you to consider buying one of the new chairs. You can dedicate any chair that you purchase, and it will be a lovely way of remembering someone that you have loved who has died. All the details about what this entails are on the noticeboard in church, and if you have any questions, do speak to Steve Hasler, one of our churchwardens.
The Flower Festival at the end of September and beginning of October was a success. “Stunning” and “Wonderful” were two of the exclamations that I heard repeatedly in response to the beauty and creativity of the displays. On the Saturday evening, we had a sumptuous haute cuisine meal at which we were richly entertained by the Nightingale Trio. Many people enjoyed this wonderful event, and it raised a significant sum for the Building Project. Do look out for the next fundraising event, the Quiz night.
“Pray as though it is all down to God, and work as though it is all down to you.” I have reservations about this maxim but it does make the point that the success of the project depends on us collaborating with God. We have to play our part. Therefore, it is appropriate to end with this prayer that recognises this truth.
Guide us, Lord, in all our doings with your gracious favour, and further us with your continual help, that in all our works begun, continued and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name and by your mercy attain everlasting life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.