In April 2014, a visiting preacher, Will Loescher, gave a word to our Pastor and later for the whole church, taken from Isaiah 54:2-4:
“Enlarge the place or your tent,
and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out;
do not hold back; lengthen the cords
and strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left,
and your offspring will possess the nations
and will people the desolate cities.
Fear not, for you will not be ashamed;
be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced.”
At the time, we had no idea what it would relate to, but within 12 months we became aware of some structural issues with the building. The property was converted from two Cornish cottages over 100 years ago and has undergone numerous alterations since then.
Due to the growing congregation, it became very apparent to the Leadership team that there was a limited future with the existing building. We, therefore, decided to arrange an initial building survey, which confirmed our fears and indicated the need for a full structural survey.
We also engaged a local architect who did a feasibility survey, looking at two options: first, to just correct the existing structural issues; and second, to demolish the building and re-build a purpose-built venue on the site.
The congregation was consulted, and the consensus was that the best value for money would be to take the second option because of the opportunity of extending the space to make room for our ever-growing congregation and community outreach work.
The architect was therefore commissioned to draw up new plans and a pre-planning application was submitted to Cornwall Council. They responded favourably, subject to full plans and further reports being submitted.
We are therefore working towards this goal in the near future. We’ll keep you posted on this page!