A twelve year project, taking shape
24 AUG 2020
A total of £17,000 funding from Allchurches Trust has helped to build a new community space and worship hall in Dorset.
January 2020 was a momentous occasion for Broadstone Baptist Church. The keys were handed over to the builders and work could start on the new worship hall, the beating heart and final step of this two stage project - allowing the church to grow its ministry and reach out to the community.
It was all going so well, and then COVID hit, meaning that the site had to be shut down temporarily – with the steel framework firmly in position, ready to welcome the builders again.
Eight months on from the start date, and the construction is now in its final months, on schedule to be completed at the end of this year!
The aluminium framework for the dividing walls on the mezzanine floor has sprung up in short order and plaster boards are in position between rooms. Meanwhile, the entire roof is very nearly complete, with Velux windows blending in seamlessly with the grey roof cladding.
Broadstone Baptist is a church centred around the Bible and God’s word, established in 1933. For 45 years home was a prefabricated concrete building– considerably longer than intended!
With a rapidly expanding congregation, in 2007, the church made the decision to focus on growth and create a new church, fit for the community.
Using church owned land, ‘phase one’ was ready to take shape. Designs were submitted and discussed at length, architects were selected, and the builders were raring to go.
The new building was intended to create a modern, attractive space, with flexibility, which would enable the church to serve the community better and reach out with the Gospel.
Ten years into the project, the community building was completed in 2015. It has a large upper lounge, spacious catering-style kitchen, lower lounge, toilets and a shower - offering much needed facilities for meetings, outreach events and catering.
With a brand new worship hall on the horizon, the church can finally share the fruits of its hard work with the local community.
Ian Bunker, Project Manager for Broadstone Baptist Church, said: “Thank you to Allchurches Trust for your valued help in the second and final phase of our church building project, we are making excellent progress and we are so excited to share our new worship hall with the community.”
Paul Playford, Grants Officer for Allchurches Trust, added: “This is an exciting time for Broadstone Baptist, with the church very nearly ready after 12 years of hard work. We are proud to have supported both stages of this fantastic construction, which will be a real asset to Poole and the wider Dorset community as restrictions ease and worship returns to ‘normality’.”