Posted on 05 November 2010
The first few days of November marked the (near) fulfilment of a succession of major projects to ensure that the Church’s properties were adequately maintained.

Late in 2009 the heating in the main Chapel was completely overhauled at a cost of about £4000. During the summer, the Manse was refurbished to a high standard and, with volunteer help, completed for a similar sum. Now, the Hall received a completely new heating system for about £5000 and, with the proposed rewiring at £3000 shortly to be completed, £16,000 invested in renewal of the properties. At the same time, our fire protection has been upgraded, outstanding loans have been repaid (to the tune of about £7000); all told, involving expenditure of about £25,000…. and the Church is in the black!

The Church are grateful for grants from the ROSCA Trust and Cory Environmental, support from several local churches (such as the Southend Christian Fellowship, St. Andrew’s and Avenue Baptist) and private individuals as well as monies that were given by the Eastern Baptist Association ‘Church of the Year’ programme.

Stephen comments, ‘For a small fellowship in a deprived area, this is a considerable achievement and we see it as evidence of the LORD’s hand upon us. We are grateful to him and to all those who have helped us.’

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