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.

 

Progress Update

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 and we thank Greymo Building for completing the work on time, in early October, and with cost savings of >10%. Keller Geotechnics then spent two weeks piling for foundations – sinking 74 piles to a maximum depth of 14metres 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.

It is very exciting to finally be moving forward and to see the Life Centre starting to take shape. We are thanking God for bringing us this far and to all those contributing to making it happen.

The Impact

The CHS Life Centre will be a well-resourced, multi-purpose space to serve communities across many spheres of life. As well as spiritual growth and worship there will be facilities to support families, education, businesses, health and artists.

Many Life Centre partnerships are already in place and the Life Centre will enable us to provide 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 which can 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).

The Invitation

Join us in Prayer! Prayer is essential to ensure we follow God’s guidance and enable breakthrough every step of the way.

Please share the vision! We look forward to connecting with partners seeking to empower and equip for the next generation.

Contribute to this worthwhile cause! Any donation, large or small, is valued!

We need your help to make this vision a reality:

  • 95% of the minimum build cost has been committed and just R510,000 is needed to complete the structure.
  • A further R11 million will be needed to complete the fully fitted Life Centre.

Options for giving include:

  • Being an anchor partner with strategic donations
  • Joining the “Life Centre 10 Club” by donating R10,000, R1000 or R100
    letting us know if you would like to fund a particular area in the Life Centre such as Educational facilities, The Table Cafe, Audio visual, landscaping or other

Every contribution will make a difference!
Please donate via Giving @CHS and reference “CHS Life Centre”.

For more information email angie@chscapetown.org

‘We saw a table with everyone sitting together, eating. Jesus was there with us. Like in the Bible he was eating and drinking with us and he loved us. Anyone could sit, everyone could come eat.’

(The Children of CHS)