History-Mission Project 2015

'Mission Project  2015'  &  ‘Church Restoration Projects’  since 2013


In October 2012 Ebenezer was one of the first churches in the Jersey circuit to have a professional Quinqennial Survey. The document produced ran to many pages, with some urgent items and some points to note.The church has therefore had to spend a large sum of money since 2013, on attending to some of the major items, needed to be done urgently from this report.eg. both roofs needing some attention. 
We have progressed through this list and are now left with 2 major items. The total rebuilding of our 3 south windows and also the church gutters and roof air vents are leaking and need some attention/replacement.

Mission Project – 2015

In early 2014 we had a council meeting when the Leadership Team raised the question, whether council would give approval for us to remove the pews to create a more ‘user friendly’ building, install up to date technology, instead of the present temporary screen and projector. At the same time; as the church would have to be vacated for about 3 months, to also include tackling some of the items from the last Quinqennial Survey. Council agreed for us to come back with firm proposals and costs.

We held an Extraordinary Council Meeting on 2nd September 2014 when our plans and ‘vision’ were presented. There were 3 options, the last one least costly, but not including redecoration of inside.
Option 2 was accepted, with unanimous support to carry on with removing pews, new tech, attend to repair of the church windows, new carpet and chairs. But not redecoration.The circuit were very supportive of these plans and it was  put to the Autumn Circuit Meeting that the loan outstanding on the Flat (see page Mission Dev. Project 2009) would be transferred to a grant.
This will enable us to proceed with our next Phase, without having any other loans outstanding.

After the September Church Council Meeting our church treasurer received a confidential offer of a loan for £10,000, in order that the inside could be redecorated.                        
At our October Council meeting this was gratefully accepted, and so our ‘full vision’ for improving the inside of the main church building could now proceed.
Church closed after our annual Covenant Service in 11th January 2015 and opened again in time for a Baptism on Sunday 22nd March, an amazing ‘transformation’ in such a short period of time. 
An Open Day was held on Saturday 28th  March for islanders and the circuit to come and see how our church had changed.
The colour scheme and brightness of the church, compared to before, was positively commented on by all.
Since this work has been completed we have had some commercial seminars in our Church & Hall, and concerts. 
On Good Friday 2015,The Jersey Island Singers performed John Stainer ‘s  ‘The Crucifixion’, and we had to bring in extra chairs, as over 300 people came to listen. A wonderful start to our ‘new look’ church. !