New church rises up on the site of the old
A GLORIOUS new building has risen from the rubble of Burbage Methodist Church.
After years of planning and fundraising by the village congregation, their outdated Victorian red brick building was razed to the ground last December and a striking wood and glass structure put up in its place.
Connect is now home to both the church and wider community, with a multi-functional worship hall, dining area, kitchen, quiet room, storge space, small function room with kitchenette and toilets.
The £700,000 timber construction by Derbyshire-based Pinelog features solar panels, underfloor heating and fully integrated IT systems, including a large digital screen in the main hall and concealed sockets to accommodate intruments and amps for contemporary musical accompaniment.
It is expected to be less costly to run than the old building and will have a significantly reduced carbon footprint.
An inaugural service was held there on August bank holiday Sunday and the building has been open since then for villagers to visit.
Passers-by will be struck by the building’s glass-panelled facade, its curved wooden skeleton and modern metal crucifix floating in front.
Inside, its tongue-and-grooved wooden ceiling and gently shaped beams sit overhead like an upturned boat, a 21st century take on a medieval stone nave.
The previous church building had become ufit for purpose, with a first-floor worship space that was almost inaccessible to people with mobility problems and completely out of bounds to wheelchair users.
Only the altar table, lectern and a matching flower pedestal, made specially for the church, have been reinstated in the new hall.
Church supporters worked for years to raise the money to make this building a reality, generating nearly £340,000 which was boosted by a grant of £200,000 from the Methodist Connexion fund, £80,000 from Hinckley Methodist Church Circuit and other donations.
Barwell Methodist Church min- ister the Rev David Haseldine, who serves as part of the Hinckley Methodist Circuit, said: “The church has persevered and quietly kept on working, to ensure the building work could begin.
“Tearing the old building down and getting it rebuilt gets you to the start point again.
“What is most exciting about the project is the opportunity this new building will give to the congregation and the people in the community.”
Church volunteers are continuing to work around the building, creating a new garden and cleaning the large car park which has served for months as a building site.
Church use of the building is still being developed but the new facilities may in future be available for hire.
Hire request forms are available from Anne Haddon on email@example.com
Burbage Methodist Church members dig in to help create a new garden area outside a new £700,000 community building and place of worship which opened to the public after its first service on August bank holiday Sunday 2017 Church musician Rosemary Bradburn was instrumental in driving forward the new build project
A new £700,000 wooden community building and place of worship, to be known as Connect - Home of Burbage Methodist Church, opened its doors for a week to welcome visitors after hosting its first church service on August bank holiday