I have now been working at Pip n Jay as the Operations Manager for 3 years, oh how time flies when you are having fun!
Over the course of my time working for the PCC, I have become intimately acquainted with the ins-and-outs of the building, its surrounding, its quirks and its vast history. It may seem a little odd for one to say that I love a building, but I truly feel that the Lord has given the site on Tower Hill a special place in my heart.
Each morning, I quietly walk through the building to see how it has fared from the night before and I am regularly filled with excitement at the huge potential that it has, despair at the level of work that needs to be completed (just to get the site to a satisfactory level, let alone flying!) but most importantly hope and assurance in Christ Jesus, whose plans will prevail.
Church life has been happening on this site for over 1000 years and I don’t think the Lord is done with it yet so Lord, we pray in faith Your will be done on earth as in heaven.
I understand that not everyone will feel the same way about the site as I do; however, I would like to ask for your help. If you are passionate about our building, or buildings and architecture in general, would you be willing to give some time and skills in order to keep this building going for the next generation? Buildings of this age need a lot of TLC and there are a vast array of skills required just to do the day-to-day stuff.
Here are a few to get your taste buds going: funding application writing, cleaning, plumbing, electrics, project managing, structural engineering, decorating, gardening, site hosting, school hosting/assemblies, photography, roofing, litter picking, maintenance and servicing, carpentry and systems engineering, the list goes on and on…
Would you be willing to give a few hours a week to steward the site for the next season?
The last few weeks have been busy. No doubt you will have seen the scaffolding that has gone up, and the contractor has started to replace the extension roof. It is very
exciting to see some progress on site; however, in the background, the nave and the chancel roof project has also been very demanding.
This week we have received a more accurate budget estimate from our Quantity
Surveyor, which has come in slightly higher than we first expected. This doesn’t mean that the project won’t happen but it will require some decisions to be made on which elements are to be done now, and what can wait for a later project.
I have also been working on a funding application to the National Churches Trust for £40,000 to go towards the nave and chancel roof project. Please pray for this
application over the next few months as decisions are made, and ask the Lord how you might be involved in securing the future of the site for generations to come.
- Tim Browne