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A Welcoming Church
Architectural focus: the new entrance into halls complex
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbour as yourself” (Luke 10:27)
“In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all.” (Colossians 3:11)
“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” (Matthew 25:35)
- An openness of buildings will reflect openness of hearts and minds in the established congregation.
- We will remember how hard it is to come into church for the first time and to keep coming.
- We will strategically focus on building a church community that can easily incorporate the enquirer and newcomer.
A Hospitable Church
Architectural focus: the new kitchen and toilet block
“For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.” (2 Corinthians 4:5)
- Facilities that will enable HTP to continue existing ventures long term and on a grander scale – Roots, SBS, student lunches, tea and coffee as well as building on newer initiatives – church prayer gathering meal, student leavers meal, Sunday brunch.
- A clear vision for HTP identifying opportunities to use the facilities to reach out to Manchester in new ways. Wisdom in knowing which opportunities are the right ones.
- Volunteers with a willing spirit to help and serve in practical ways.
- Powerful kitchen conversations – encouraging one another and building each other up in the Faith.
- That in all of this we don’t lose sight of the ultimate goal to bring people to know and love Jesus.
Architectural focus: break-out space
On Sunday mornings, about 100 young people up to the age of 14 meet in 5 groups (one of them in Trinity House) to learn about Jesus. Other youth groups meet after school on Wednesdays (Platt-ypus, Pathfinders, Plattform) and Saturday mornings (Sat Zoo). Coffee bar, our parents and toddler group meets on Tues and Weds morning. Women’s Bible Study meets on Thurs morning and Oasis, our group for senior citizens meets on Monday morning for keep fit and Tues afternoon for their main meeting. Other users of the halls complex include Worldwide Platt, Leaders having training events, Language classes and CPG.
“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you , being rooted and established in love , may have power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know the this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all fullness of God.”
- Give thanks for the fellowship here at Platt.
- Give thanks for the many different ages that we have meeting in the buildings week by week.
- Give thanks that the rooms are full almost every day with 0-95 year olds… some from the church family and many from our local community.
- May we continue to grow together as the family of God.
- As we share together may we know the peace and unity that comes from the Spirit at work in each of us. Pray that God will lead and guide us when there conflicts of interest, difference of opinion, opportunities that challenge.
- Pray that the break out space will encourage and enable a sharing across the generations here at Platt, that enables this growth. That it will be a safe space for all from 0 to 95 year olds.
- Pray that it would be a place that enables us to reach out to those who do not know Jesus. Pray that we would be able to welcome more people, and provide more opportunities for relationships to be built.
Architectural focus: re-designed hall space
“If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself,’ you are doing right.”
- Our Father who welcomes us,
We pray that you would help us love our neighbours by welcoming them into our church buildings, as we want to be welcomed ourselves.
We remember how you have welcomed us with open arms when we turned back to you.
In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen
- Our Father who provides for our needs,
We pray that you would help us love our neighbours by using our church buildings to help meet their needs, as we want our needs met. We remember how you promise to provide all we need as we seek first your kingdom and your righteousness.
In the name of your Son, our Lord, Amen
- Glorious God
We humbly ask that you would direct and prosper all that we do in these buildings to advance your glory, the building up of the church and the good of our community.
We know that you have shown to us the path of life, you fill us with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. May you show those who enter our buildings the path to the eternal life and joy you give.
Through your Son Jesus Christ, Amen
- Loving Father
We pray that as we seek to serve our community with our buildings, you would enlarge our vision and give us many varied and different opportunities to love our neighbours with our buildings, as we want to be loved. For you demonstrated your own love for us by sending Jesus to die for us, whilst we were still sinners.
In Jesus’ precious name, Amen
“But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it… It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:7-13)
- Gracious Father
May these buildings provide us with many opportunities to encourage one another to hold unswervingly to the hope we have in Jesus. Please help us use the gifts that you have given us, to build up the church, so that we are united in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, and become mature. We ask this knowing that we can do nothing apart from our Lord Jesus.
In whose name we pray, Amen
Leadership, Management and Communication
Architectural focus: Office accommodation
Not so long ago, the church staff comprised: Rector, Curate, Pastoral Care Minister, Secretary and one Ministry Trainee. Today the team is over double this size. We have 12 Ministry Teams. And through those teams well over 250 people are involved in different Bible teaching, prayer and serving ministries.
Turnover within the congregation is very rapid. Enabling people to use their gifts to serve of others takes care and thought. Effective communication is of ever-increasing importance.
“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”
(Paul to Timothy, 2 Tim 2:15)
“Now you are the body of Christ, and each of you is a part of it.”
(1 Corinthians 12:27)
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
(1 Peter 4:10)
- That our church leaders will always be prayerful, putting themselves humbly under the Word of God as they lead.
- That our structures and organisation will enable us all to flourish as church body, using the gifts we have been given for the good of others.
- That we will find new and creative ways of making sure we feel connected, know what’s going on, and can participate in the life of the church
Facts, figures and finances
Architectural focus: office accommodation
“David said to Solomon his son, ‘Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.’
(1 Chronicles 28, 20)
Most of the Halls Complex is 50 years old. The design specified a 40 year life-span. Everything that could fail has failed – or is about to fail Merely to repair the fabric of the building and replace ancient facilities would cost in the region of £400,000 – with no overall gain Total costing for the new planned scheme is around £830,000 plus VAT. We anticipate VAT relief on alteration/refurbishment work, giving an estimated total cost of around £925,000, of which £400,000 has already been raised.
So we need to raise around £525,000 to finish the job. This is a huge sum. But so was the cost of refurbishing the main church building (£400,000) and restoring the Tower/Spire (£270,000) – both now fully funded.
“But who am I [David], and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand”
(1 Chronicles 29, 14)
We have recognised the predicament. Pray that God will equip us for the challenging task ahead.
Give thanks for the appointment of OMI as architects for the scheme, led by Andy James and Aaron Coey, and pray for them in their detailed considerations, discussions and design work.
OMI have met with representatives from English Heritage, the Diocese, and Manchester City Council. Give thanks that they are generally supportive of the scheme. But pray for continuing conversations and that the final submitted plans will be approved by the City and the Diocese.
Assuming plans are approved, work could begin in January 2016. But it cannot begin until funds are secure, so please pray:
- That each member of the church will consider what sacrifice s/he can and will make.
- For wisdom, and success, in fundraising from grant-awarding bodies
- For volunteers in the congregation to arrange fund-raising activities
That we can all share in this exciting project and grow in faith as we see God at work
- For unity amongst all the church family. Let us have faith in a great God who, in response, will “pour out so much blessing that we will not have room for it!”