Building the CHS Life Centre
What is a Life Centre? It’s not just a church building used on a Sunday, but a new kind of facility open to all throughout the week, which will serve and connect local communities in our area. In the midst of the challenges our city faces we believe in hope, in abundant life, in changed lives.
As a church we have outgrown the converted barn and farmhouse we have been using as a church for the last 22 years. In January 2000 God gave the leadership a vision on a new 2 story building on the site and more than 20 years later that vision is becoming a reality!
It is a vision that has been developed through intentional listening to understand our community needs: young and old, across cultures, from church congregants, ministry and outreach participants, representatives from local schools, community support networks and NGOs, as well as neighbours and local leaders.
Strong partnerships with like minded people and organisations are foundational to the unfolding story.
26 October 2021
After 20 years of planning and praying we have stepped out in faith and started the project! Demolition and site preparation commenced on 17 August 2021. Keller Geotechnics spent two weeks piling for foundations – sinking 74 piles to a maximum depth of 14 metres and completed work on 26th October. We plan to hand the site over to our main build contractor in early November to commence construction of the main build.
The CHS Life Centre will be well-resourced, multi-purpose to serve communities across spheres of life, enabling educational support and tutoring to young learners through our Future Sparks program; training and job readiness in partnership U-Turn and other NGOs; hot desk and co-working spaces for the many small local businesses in Kirstenhof; counselling rooms to be used by police trauma counsellors and pastoral care workers; and of course a larger meeting space for the church and importantly our children and youth (some of whom currently meet in garden sheds next to our building)
Join in Prayer – for us to follow God’s guidance every step of the way.
Share the vision – to connect with partners seeking to empower and equip for the next generation.
Donate – to this worthwhile cause – any contribution, large or small, is valued.
Please donate via Giving @CHS and reference “CHS Life Centre”.
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