Turns out we have dug up the remains of the old rectory from St Paul's – the church building Brunswick was built on the site of – maybe its cellar (still no interesting remains though). Whatever, it's going to need a lot more concrete than first reckoned to fill in before we can proceed. While interesting for some, this is an example of the sort of unforeseen hitch that can crop up on building projects that inevitably mean a bump in costs. We could do with no more of these!
The old boiler has gone, and the old water tank and we now have a big trench in the car-park, ready for foundations for the hall extension. No, we haven't found any bones of a long-missing body of a medieval English King (and yes, there is a Brunswick connection with the bones found in a car park in Leicester! Email if you'd like to know more).
Coming on July 3-4 is our weekend of events to learn about and take some action on climate change and its effects. As always the emphasis will be on fun, family-friendly and food, but with a serious but hope-filled message. More details coming soon.
What marks out Christians in climate action is Jesus - who loves and has already saved the world! This motivates us to compassion and action and means ours is a not message of doom and gloom. Our message is one of a loving, caring and creative God who gives us hope even in the face of an existential crisis. Find out more on July 3-4.
It's been so lovely to welcome back the youngest members of our community. Toddler group is using the large worship room and our new garden whilst the building works are going on.
"It was wonderful seeing all of your faces after one whole year! And so many new faces"
"We really enjoyed it...can't wait till next week."
Wednesdays from 10am until 12 in term time. More info from Mo.
That legendary mainstay of the heating of Brunswick church building, the original boiler, dating back to 1974, is finally going this week. Part of Refurb will be a new heating system. Those of us who have been part of the church for a long time will remember much concern about the health of the boiler going back to the 80s, and wondering what we would do if it broke down. In the end it lasted (with no little amount of nursing and minor repairs) right up to last December. Must be a sermon illustration in that somewhere.
Refurb Phase One Actual Building Work has begun! The result of a lot of hard work and prayer over several years, so we are just a bit excited and praising God for the provision of a lot more money than any small-ish church in a deprived area could dream of. Read "Refurb: Biting off more..? about the thinking behind it.
Next Sunday, May 16th at 7pm we are having an hour's prayer-walk around Brunswick. Anyone is welcome to join us – to pray or observe – and we would love to pray for issues that concern you. We will meet outside the church just before 7pm. Email to find out more.
This is as a part of Thy Kingdom Come – a time between Ascension Day (Thursday 13th) and Pentecost (Sunday 23rd) when the Church worldwide prays together. Find out more here.
Our Church Community garden continues to take shape. Here are some recent photos. Some great news is that local company Rosgal will be helping us to develop the area. Rosgal also helped prepare the car-park area for our Refurb building work.
For several weeks now we have been running our Sunday morning services in the building, and also with the option of joining in via Zoom for those still uneasy about safety or with health concerns. These photos, taken over the last couple of Sundays, show how the physical congregation can be joined by the virtual one, who can share in and even lead parts of the service. Afterwards we can meet up and chat safely in the new garden space.
It has been great to welcome visitors and new people to both parts of our hybrid service. We would love to see more!