Church Hall Renovation Project
Building for the future, in honour of the past.
The Church Hall Renovation is Complete!
Ballyblack Hall Management Company are delighted to confirm that Bavan Contracts from Mayobridge have completed the project on time, on Friday 18th January. The builders who were employed to undertake the extension and refurbishment of the church hall have done an excellent job.
You can see photographs of the Directors being given instructions on the hand over day as to how the lighting and heating controls work by clicking here and scrolling to the photo gallery at the bottom of the page. The lunch was kindly supplied by Babettes of Conway Square, Newtownards. Thanks Jackie!
The Management Company will be in contact, within the next couple of weeks, to arrange a meeting with a representative of each organisation to discuss their use of the new facilities. It is hoped that the organisations will be able to use the hall again by the middle of February.
Tea and coffee was served in the hall after the Service on Sunday 3rd February which gave the congregation an opportunity to inspect the work that has been done. All comments appeared to be positive!
The official opening of the hall which will be conducted by the Moderator of the General Assembly, and has been arranged for the afternoon of Saturday 27th April, 2013.
Exciting times for us as a congregation!
The story so far….
On 3rd September 2008 Planning Permission was granted for the Church Hall extension and refurbishment. In November 2008 we were given leave to call a new minister conditional on renovations being completed to the Manse. The Church Hall project had to be postponed, an overdraft facility was put in place and in spring 2009 work began on the Manse. Through the tremendous generosity and sustained giving of this congregation, and fundraising, the project has been completed and all costs have been paid.
The Church Hall
Ballyblack Presbyterian Church Hall was built just over one hundred years ago in 1910. It is necessary now, to bring the Church Hall up to 21st Century standards with the provision of upgraded meeting and toilet facilities, an extended kitchen, fire exits and appropriate disabled access. Planning Permission for this work has been granted. This upgrade will make Ballyblack Church Hall fit for outreach, use by other community groups and for fundraising events.
A note from the Minister
"The centre of Spiritual Life within any Community is the Church. The centre of Social Life, especially in a Rural setting, is often the Church Hall. Having a Hall that is up to the highest possible standards allows us to serve not only our own Congregation, but also the wider Community. It will allow us to reach out to those around us in a meaningful and practical way. To do this, to make the refurbishment of the Church Hall a reality, needs generosity and commitment. These are testing financial times, but I believe that nothing is impossible if we work together."
Details coming soon...
Making a Contribution
There are several ways in which you can make a contribution to the Church Hall Building Project. Every little counts and we are extremely grateful for every dontation.
1) You can write a cheque to Ballyblack Presbyterian Church Hall Fund and either give it to Jim Palmer at Church any Sunday morning, or post to The Manse, 17 Ballyblack Road, Newtownards, BT22 2AP
2) You can set up a Standing Order debit from your bank account by downloading and completing the form below. Please then give this form to Jim Palmer at Church, or post to 61, Beechfield Crescent, Bangor BT19 7ZJ
If you would like more information on how to contribute, please contact us through the form on the website. Thank you.
Please click this link to download a payment slip. Thank you.
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