Connect 2.0 Announcement!
Posted: 01 July 2021
For the past six weeks we've been in our annual vision series looking at the future God has for our church, which is one where grace changes everything. We have also been seeking to raise $400K to enable us to fast track stage 2 of the Connect Building Renewal.
On Sunday I was pleased to announce that we not only hit our target but exceeded it! The generosity and gospel heart of this church never stops taking me by surprise. We needed 80 people giving $400K, and were blown away by 111 people giving $516K. Praise God!
There is so much to give thanks for:
- 35 people who are new since the end of 2019 joined in giving
- 11 external supporters who cheer us on from afar gave $24K – wow!
- 5 of our Vine Kids gave a total of $120 – this is my favorite stat of all
LOAN & FITOUT
I announced a few weeks ago that if we did hit the target (a big if!!) anything above it would go towards paying down our construction loan – this will save us thousands of dollars in interest payments in the future. We also have some internal fit out to pay for once the construction ends, including:
- Chairs for the church
- Audio Visual equipment
- Sofas for the foyer
- Office furntiture
As soon as we hit $400K, the parish council gave permission to the wardens to sign a contract for stage 2, which the builders have just indicated will be completed by 3 December. This date, however, does not factor in rain or other delays, which sadly makes it unlikely we will be back in the building for Christmas, but rather some time early in the new year.
The next step is for us to move the staff office out of the church and hand over the site to the builders. We also need to find alternative locations for Vine Youth, The Jungle, Vine Kids, Bread of Life, Christianity Explored, and Community Groups which are ministries that have been using the church for the past 6 months. This is going to be tricky!
GIVE THANKS & PRAY
So please give thanks for all that God has provided and ask him to provide what we need to continue our ministries for the next 6 months. Please also be praying for the parish council and staff team as we make decisions.
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO GIVE
If you haven't yet given to Connect, there are still two days to give a tax deductible gift before end of financial year. Your gift will help us expand our gospel ministry in Surry Hills by lowering our loan and providing funds for our fitout post construction.
Toby Neal (Lead Pastor)