Christ Church £1m revamp to start

Published on: 02 Oct 2017

WORK will start next month on the transformation of Christ Church Downend for the 21st century.

The congregation will have to move out while the Building4Life project is carried out. Work is expected to last at least nine months. The last services in the church for the time being will be on November 5.

The £1m+ revamp of the 1831 building has been made possible by donations, pledges and interest free loans offered by the congregation, plus grants and the sale of some assets.  

Mike Parsons, from the church, said: “By removing the pews, extending the welcome area, creating a second entrance at the side of the building and adding new spaces at the rear of the church, it is hoped that a much more flexible building will be created that can be used to serve the whole community of Downend.  

“At the same time, it will be possible to repair structural faults that have been revealed during the surveys that took place as part of the planning process.”

These additional works mean that the church is still short of its fundraising target for the project. Anyone who would like to contribute can do so by following the link on

Meanwhile another new church supported by the community at Christ Church Downend has been completed.

The congregation tithed its giving, enabling it to hand over £60,000 to the Orsoaia Church in Moldova.

Five Christ Church members visited last month to see the new building.They were Bryan Ashton, Dave Moller, the Rev Paul Peterson, Pete Tiltman and Geoff Staley

Mr Peterson said: “Seeing first hand the way in which our gifts will impact people's lives, in rural Moldova, was a great inspiration. In an impoverished nation, the faith and hospitality of local people was a real example and challenge to us all.”

• From November 12, 10.30am services move to Christ Church Junior School and other services will be at Christ Church Parish Hall, and the Church Centre in Quaker’s Rd.


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