Successful sale is springboard to expansion of new church in Burton.
Burton and Derby based property consultants, Salloway, who completed the sale of the existing Baptist Church on Station Street in Burton, are now delighted to announce that the move by the Church to its new location on Mosley Street is almost finished.
An astonishing programme of interior and exterior re-building and refurbishment is almost complete on the new Hope Springs Church and Christian Centre. Over the past four and a half months, the team from the church, led by Pastor Kevin Ward and his wife Angela, has transformed the former Salvation Army Citadel.
"Renovating their existing church was not a sensible financial option, bearing in mind their plans to expand and accommodate larger congregations that were already in place", pointed out Phil Randle, Partner at Salloway.
"Their move to Mosley Street has provided the significant advantages for their parishioners. It was simply impractical to consider their development plans in Station Street. Their new location will enable the church to continue to support and offer pastoral care for its growing congregation; whilst, remaining close to the centre of Burton which was considered to be a critical factor".
"The transformation into our new church that will be officially opening next month is part of the vision for our church", said Pastor Kevin Ward.
"Our services have been continuing as the renovation works were taking place, even when the scaffolding was in place. Our congregation have shown their full commitment to the project and to their church. Our first wedding was held at the church last month".
Using their own resources and local contractors, the church team have retained all the existing features, complementing them with the latest materials and coatings. The 35 foot circular rose window, dating from about 1820, has been fully restored. With full flood lighting at night, the west facing window now also contains the church's name and its Hope Springs' logo. The original doors from their church at Coopers Square are about to be re-hung at their new building.
Amongst the small team engaged in all the works, particular mention should be made of Neil Smith (48), from Brownhills, who has been Kevin's 'Right-Hand man'.
"Neil has been hands-on full-time with each and every aspect of the works", continued Pastor Ward.
"He has worked tirelessly on the refurbishment with local contractors from a wide variety of trades. The fruits of his labours are there now for all to see; and he is to be congratulated on his achievements that have transformed the building".
Their original 7,450 sq ft church, constructed in 1957, on Station Street is being effectively absorbed into an enlarged Coopers Square shopping centre. The available footprint will create three new Class A1 retail units on the ground and first floors.
Phil Randle, Partner at Salloway, acting on behalf of the Baptist Church and Christian Centre continued, "Pastor Kevin Ward and his team had already made the very difficult decision to sell their beloved home that has been the centre of their ministry for almost 50 years".
In Burton, the church has been consolidating its fellowship through its congregation that currently numbers some 85 plus and ranges in age from toddlers to over 90.
Amongst the congregation is one 84 year old lady who has attended the church since she was 5; and three generations of the Hollis family. Congregations are expected to rise to 120 by Christmas when the church and its centre are fully functional with a longer-term target of 200.
"We were able to launch our new initiative with support from our magnificent congregation", remarked Kevin Ward. "The sale of their former church helped to fund this significant upgrade in our facilities. 'Have the Lord to help us build buildings' became our vision for this project to relaunch the work of the church in the town".
"Using the available space to its maximum advantage has been central to our plans. Our coffee and tea shop will be offering light snacks and refreshments with a retro feeling of a 'shoppe'.
"From our newly installed fully kitted-out stainless steel kitchen, we will be serving a complete menu for visitors and their guests. And our playroom, leisure and sports centre on the first floor is large enough for two full-size table-tennis tables with room to spare".
The extensive plans by the church team include a Worn Again Shop that will be opening in the next few weeks. Donations of new clothes have already been received. Gifts, greetings cards and stationery for every occasion will be on sale supported by an online shop for bibles and books.
Looking at its wider involvement, the church's mission takes its outreach into the community at large; with the Burton Addiction Centre (BAC), the Homeless, Meals' services, and amongst local groups in the town and surrounding districts.
For Kevin Ward and his wife Angela, with their family including their grandchildren, Abigail and Isaac, this is their latest project. It follows on from their successful 'planting' and opening of churches in Coalville; New Tupton, near Clay Cross; (in an old semi-derelict former Methodist Church); and Worksop.
An Open Weekend to mark the official opening of the church will be held towards the end of November.