About BftF

The Dundonald Church family has enjoyed ten wonderful years at The Factory on Kingston Road.

The current building however is becoming crowded with insufficient space for our various groups both on Sundays and mid-week.

 

Furthermore, the building itself is in need of significant renovation.

As a result, the Building for the Future project was launched to consider developing this site to:

  • help us teach the Bible to our congregations, children and youth;

  • help us reach our community with God’s gospel of grace;

  • help us resource our Co-Mission church-planting network

  • ….and all for the next generation.

A BftF team was formed in 2015 and tasked with bringing forward an planning application. The church was asked to help raise money for the project,  and God inspired us to pledge an incredible £1.5m. By God's grace Merton Council approved our planning application in October 2017.

Following this a 'How much can we give?' campaign was launched in winter 2017. This was to see whether or not we would be able to raise enough money to afford the project. We took on this challenge knowing that if we did not raise enough money, we could not continue. During this time we heard the call of God’s Word to trust in him more than money and to treasure his gospel above material things. Throughout, we have knew that it mattered more what God was doing in us spiritually than whether or not we raised the money.

 

It was with joy, and humble praise that Senior Pastor Richard Coekin was able to announce in February 2019 that we had raised a further £1,565,413! Bringing the total funds raised by Dundonald Church alone to £3,139,880!.

 

With the ability to proceed, the BftF team began to create a brief for the uses and internal design of the new building. In order to understand the priorities of the church family, a church-wide consultation was held at which the approved plans were shown. People were asked to submit their comments and 'dream big' for how the new building could be used. Following the consultation, the BftF team reviewed the feedback received.

Since then the BftF team has been hard at work; finalising design plans, reviewing legal agreements with Merton Council and working together with our development partner, Green Pastures.

Things should start moving much more quickly in the new year but as a result of the commercial and legal arrangements taking longer than anticipated, the timetable of activity has had to be slightly delayed. The key dates for your diary in 2019 are as follows:

 

  • Wednesday 3 April – Central Prayer Meeting – ‘Let’s Go’ Vision Evening Wednesday

  • 3 July – Central Prayer Meeting – Thanksgiving Evening Sunday

  • 7 July – Test Run Sunday (7pm congregation trying out St Andrew's)

  • Sunday 8 September – Relaunch in the new venues

 

Please to continue to pray for:

 

  • Our BftF team, especially Joe Ashton, Johnno Johnston and John Marland as they seek to finalise the development agreement before Easter and then appoint a contractor.

  • Negotiations with potential venues (Dundonald School and Wimbledon Chase) regarding hosting our daytime congregations.

  • St Andrews Parish Church which has kindly agreed to host our evening congregation.

  • Us as a church. Pray that we would be patient and keep preaching the Gospel. Pray that as we move out, we would reach our new neighbours with the good news of Jesus. As we look forward to returning to a purpose-built venue for Gospel Ministry, pray that people of all ages and backgrounds would come to a saving faith in Christ.

  • That in all we do, we do it for the Glory of God alone (1 Cor 10.31)

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