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Why are we Building?

Horley Baptist Church has been on the journey since 1999 to find new premises from which to better serve the community of Horley, because there was not enough space at our Albert Road premises. The site on which we are going to build is a former infant school and has been purchased by a care home developer, who has sold part of the land to us for the new church and community building. HBC owns the land, but has allowed the development company to use it as it’s compound whilst it builds the care home, which will be completed in the Spring of 2014.

The reason for building is in response to the fact that the Victorian chapel, the hall and offices at Albert Road were too small for all the activities that take place during the week. The building was constructed for a different era, so is now not fit for purpose and is inappropriate for the church in 21st Century. The site is small and we could not construct the sort of building we need on it to enable us to fulfil our current Vision to serve God in the town of Horley. The site we have acquired is at least twice the size of the one we occupy (Appendix B), and to move and build from scratch is cheaper than developing our current site.

We will be moving to Court Lodge Road. The new church site is only a short distance from our previous church building  position. We are already serving the Horley community in the schools, a mid-week club, Messy Church and a Mother and Toddler Group. We also provide a twice monthly lunch club for older people, a monthly social club for people with disabilities and a bi-monthly Praise Club service for those with disabilities and special needs. Our previous church  premises were the limiting factor for the number of people attending all of these events, which are very popular and likely to grow significantly in a larger venue. For the past two years we have been the venue for a local night shelter project, the needs of which will be better met in the new building. We were running a youth café which was attended by young people from the estate, but our premises were unsuitable for this long term. However, it is something we want to revive once we have moved.

We believe the building will serve the community and become a hub for this part of Horley, as well as being available for wider community use, especially since it will provide the largest and most flexible space in Horley. Being designed and built with 21st Century and the changing nature of church in mind, we see this as a building that will serve the community into the future.

The new building for HBC is being approached in two phases. The first, construction of which is planned to begin in May 2014, will comprise a large multi-purpose hall, offices and meeting rooms of various sizes for use by church and local community groups. It is estimated that this will be completed by the summer of 2015. The second phase is to build the multi-purpose meeting space which can also be used for conferences, concerts, town events and drama events. At the moment we do not have a start date for Phase 2, but would like to commence building as soon as we can after Phase 1 is completed. We would anticipate income from lettings of the new building and on-going fundraising efforts will raise significant funds for this second phase, once we have moved into the premises in 2015.

This is an exciting project and the people of Horley Baptist Church have already shown their commitment to serving through the various ways in which we reach out and serve others.