2020 Vision


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Read our 2020 Vision booklet to discover how you could join our exciting new journey!
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The Journey So Far...
In 1874, those who preceded us stepped out in faith to build the brick tabernacle which continues to serve our mission and ministry purposes today.  Since then, Christchurch has grown from 6,000 to over 50,000 people.  The church has grown substantially too, more than doubling in size over recent years.  Our growing church needs room to expand to serve its community better. We have the opportunity, and the urgent need, to exercise similar faith in our day, building upon their legacy to leave an equally wonderful asset for future generations.

Although our adapted and enlarged Victorian building has served us well, our facilities are now holding back our ability to fruitfully serve our local community and the church body.  Our two morning services are full, our children’s and youth ministry has run out of space, our community groups are bursting at the seams, and our facilities are generally no longer fit for purpose.  Now is the time to find a long-term and viable solution, not only for our current purposes but also for the generations to come.

Since our current church was built, it has gone through a number of alterations, the most major being the addition of the Christian Centre in 1995.  In 2016, we purchased 51 Bargates which provided three additional meeting rooms and offices, as well as freeing up space for a dedicated prayer room and youth room within the main church building.  This created temporary relief from the pressure on available space, but, more importantly provided a timely investment for future development.

Over the last 20 years, we have explored the possibility of moving to larger sites, including an out-of-town industrial unit and more local sites.  All these were inappropriate for various reasons.  When 51 Bargates unexpectedly came on the market, we became convinced that God was telling us to develop where we already are and to enjoy the advantages, and sometimes challenges, of remaining a town centre church.  We are greatly encouraged that the site for redevelopment (51 Bargates) has already been entirely funded (£490,000) ahead of launching the new building.

We need a warm, open and welcoming place with an attractive frontage, a spacious circulation area, with more floor space for our halls and meeting rooms. This will not only meet the mission and ministry needs of the church but will also be a valuable asset to the town community and other like-minded community groups.  Our plans must also make our building accessible by ensuring it has step-free access, a lift which can access all floors and a community-accessible Changing Places toilet facility for those with complex disabilities. We want any new building to be environmentally responsible in design, construction and use.

Through this project, we will be able to serve God more effectively in sharing the Good News of Jesus with those around us. As a church, our vision is to equip people to follow God effectively by living authentic Christian lives, caring not only for an individual’s spiritual welfare, but also for their physical and emotional needs, playing an active part in our community.  Will you partner with us in making this vision a reality..?  To find out more about this exiting journey, read our 2020 Vision booklet!

To hear Chris Brockway's sermon from 01 March 2020 on this theme, '2020 Vision: Building For Mission & Ministry', click here.

Why Do We Need To Rebuild? 
The answer is evident to any who come to our services or weekly activities; it is evident too each time we seek to respond to new initiatives God is calling us to.  On Sundays we hold two services to fit everyone in, and whilst we will continue with this model in the new building, our present facilities are not large enough or accessible enough.  Our children’s groups are scattered across our two sites, and are often in rooms which are too small.  During the week, we struggle to accommodate our present outreach activities, so we are reluctant and inhibited to start more.  In 2019, our architect’s feasibility study concluded a new build on the site of 51 Bargates was the best and only cost-effective long-term solution.

Our facilities for those with reduced mobility are inadequate and first floor facilities are not accessible.

Even if we don’t build anything, we would still need a very significant refurbishment project of our ageing facilities to meet the demands of our mission and ministry.  Every area of our present buildings is in need of attention including heating, kitchen facilities, lighting and electrical installations, roofs, windows and toilets!  We have an opportunity now, not only to meet our current and immediate needs, but to build for the next generation, whilst creating an even greater asset for wider community engagement.  A church is the people, but the building still ‘speaks’ to those walking up the street or living and working around it.  Our vision is to create a welcoming and practical space that provides fully for the needs of the local community and church now, and, as far as it is possible, for the future.

A Tour Through Our Plans...

A New Location on the current site of 51 Bargates, which is where our present administrative offices are located.  The old building would be demolished and a new contemporary building constructed.

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Much Improved Elevations fronting onto Bargates and running along Beaconsfield Road which better reflect the life and contemporary significance of the Christchurch Baptist Church community.  An attractive and inviting external appearance will be contemporary, transparent, welcoming and inviting, whilst entirely appropriate with the surrounding buildings.

Good neighbours always think about those around them, as well as their wider context. We are committed to thoughtfully considering how our new building might impact others, especially residents of Beaconsfield Road and users of Bargates.  In consultation with BCP Planners, the new building’s design reflects this commitment. It is high at the front and low at the back, and avoids having a boxy, bulky appearance to the site.  Equally importantly, before, during and after the construction phase of the project, we will respect our neighbours in the use of materials, products, labour and transportation.


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Much Improved Circulation & Gathering Spaces on the ground floor to allow freer ‘people flow’ and access to various parts of the building.  A large ground-floor main meeting space, without intrusive pillars, can seat 500 people across two Sunday morning services.  This space also serves a viewing room with audio-visual feed on the first floor.  For larger events, this space can extend into the foyer, seating an additional 100 people per gathering.  Audio visual technology will be replaced and upgraded to include video-casting capability. 


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New Facilities For Our Ever Growing Youth & Children's Programme will be located on the lower ground floor, which will include access and facilities for disabled people (including a lift servicing all floors),  a Changing Places toilet facility for those with complex needs, and autism and dementia-friendly facilities.  The community-accessible Changing Places toilet is fully-equipped for people with complex needs. 


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A large kitchen facility on the first-floor can cater for the entire building as well as the large meeting space on the first floor for special events and occasions.  Smaller kitchenettes on each floor are provided for refreshments.  

Effective, efficient heating, ventilation and renewable energy systems with excellent insulation and control systems, ensuring that the whole building is comfortable in both summer and winter, and that its environmental impact is as sustainable and as least harmful as is reasonably possible. 


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A greater variety of smaller meeting rooms on the second floor, in a flexible arrangement, allow for larger or smaller meetings at different times.  Offices and rooms that can accommodate existing ministries and possible future ministries to the wider community are throughtout the site.  This includes office space for two Ministers, our staff team (with room for growth), a finance office, and spaces for formal and informal counselling or confidential meetings on Sundays or at other times.


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Our Development Priorities & Values
1. Enabling Meeting Together
2. Respecting Neighbours
3. Fostering Authentic Community
4. Good Stewards Of The Environment
5. Welcoming Without Barriers
6. Accomodating A Variety Of Needs

To find out more detail about our Development Priorities & Values, see pages 8 & 9 of our 2020 Vision booklet.

How Much Is It Going To Cost?
This project is the most significant undertaken by the church since our present building was built in 1874! The cost for the new build then was £1000!  A realistic estimate of what we can expect in our day is approximately £3.5m.  As with most church building projects, we believe that the majority of the money will come from those who already attend Christchurch Baptist Church or may join us in the future.  

We anticipate that a small percentage of the funds will come from outside the church, e.g. charitable trusts or grants from third party organisations - this possibility is being explored by our fundraising team.  There may well be some who were once part of Christchurch Baptist Church and benefitted from being part of our community who may wish to support the project financially.  Whatever you decide to give this project, it will no doubt cost you. It will not be possible to raise this amount of money without true sacrificial giving.  We are each called in some way to go without something in order to make an appropriate gift.

In 1 Chronicles 21 in the Old Testament, King David talks about not sacrificing an offering that costs him nothing.

The small gift is as important as a large gift if it is sacrificial, for example, the widow’s offering in Mark 12:42-44.

In the future, Church Members will need to decide what to do with our existing buildings – whether they should be kept, sold, leased or developed (or a combination of these options).  It is very likely that we will apply for a bridging loan from the Baptist Union of Great Britain. This loan could be repaid over a 10-15 year period, or sooner if significant funds are released by the sale of property, through grants or further donations.  

Interest-free loans will be most welcome for agreed periods of time if necessary.  It may be that these loans are turned into gifts if the donor's finances permit.  

If you have a will, you might even wish to consider leaving a legacy towards the 2020 Vision fund.  If you would like to discuss this further, please don’t hesitate to speak confidentially to our Treasurer, David McLellan, or your legal advisor.

How Can I Give To The Project?
We would be so appreciative if you felt able to contribute to our 2020 Vision financially in one or more of the following ways:

Bank Transfer
You can make payments electronically from your bank account into our dedicated 2020 Vision account.  The information you require to set this up online is:

Bank:                         Lloyds Bank
Sort Code:                 30-80-89
Account Number:      36015168
Account Name:         Christchurch Baptist Church 2020 Vision

Please send cheques to the church office payable to 'Christchurch Baptist Church 2020 Vision'

Standing Order
To make a regular donation by standing order to the 2020 Vision fund, click to download a My Response Form or set up your Standing Order electronically using the account details above (see Bank Transfer section).  Your standing order will represent your pledge to give monthly, quarterly or annually to our 2020 Vision.

If you are a UK taxpayer, please also complete a gift-aid declaration which means we can make your financial gift tax efficient (see below). Click to download a Gift Aid form.

2020 Vision Envelopes
Simply place your giving (cash or cheque) into the dedicated 2020 Vision envelope, seal it, and place this into the Offering bag when it is circulated during morning worship. If you are a UK taxpayer, please also complete a Gift Aid declaration which means we can make your financial gift tax efficient (see below). Please make cheques payable to 'Christchurch Baptist Church 2020 Vision'.

Legacy - Remembering Christchurch Baptist Church In Your Will
Leaving a legacy is a truly fantastic way of providing financial help our 2020 Vision. If this is something which you are contemplating, may we thank you greatly, in advance!  Click here to download a Legacy Information Sheet.  If a legacy is to be left to a particular aspect of CBC's ministry, eg 2020 Vision, that would need to be clearly specified in the Will.

Gift Aid
Whichever way you choose to donate, we are extremely grateful - why not ensure you Gift Aid it?

If you are a UK taxpayer please to download a Gift Aid form. By completing and returning this form, we can increase your financial gift by further 25% by reclaiming the tax from the Inland Revenue. This one declaration is effective for the whole time you are a UK taxpayer. If you stop paying tax you will need to notify us.

How Will Your Financial Gift Be Used?
The Trustees and Members will apply the financial gifts received firstly for the 2020 Vision Project with any remaining funds being used where most needed to support and expand the whole mission and ministry of the Church. 

More Information
If you would like to know more about our 2020 Vision, please speak in confidence to our Treasurer, David McLellan, or to one of our Ministers, by contacting the church office.  We will be pleased to hear from you.

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