Overview

In September 2014 we purchased at auction from Cotswold District Council the Chesterton Suite building in Chesterton Lane, Cirencester. This 1960’s building was for many years used as a Sports and Social Club and is considerably larger than our current premises in Coxwell Street.

Work has begun in earnest to plan the refurbishment and development of the building. Over the next few months we will be clarifying our requirements, appointing professional advisors and seeking a contractor to help us fulfil our aspirations.

Following detailed design work, building has begun with a view to completing the work by December 2016.

The building is located at postcode GL7 1YE. From the A429 dual carriageway, at the fire station roundabout take the south exit past Vauxhall Garage and Lidl, turn right at the mini roundabout at the top. The building is opposite the Shell petrol station.

If you would like to donate towards the cost of the project please contact the church office.
Giving for new building leaflet

March 2016 Update: 

Steel Frame Going Up

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How the New Building Will Help CBC and the Local Community

History, Present Situation and future vision for the church

Our aim is to be a loving community of disciples of Jesus, following him, growing in him & witnessing to him through words, works & wonders. We’ve been seeking to do this since 1651 when the church first met together. The church began meeting in the house of a widow & then as the congregation grew they built their first chapel in the 18th century & then a much larger chapel in 1853. Nearly 20 years ago the church hall was extended & refurbished. However, our numbers keep growing and the building is no longer large enough to accommodate us. Three years ago the church moved its largest Sunday service to a local secondary school to accommodate the numbers. Whilst hiring a school hall has been a great solution for the short term, it can’t provide us with the permanent home we need to sustain our vision of glorifying God through continued growth & offering increased services & help to the wider community.

Our local Community and our work and witness within it.

At the heart of CBC is a desire to serve & reach out to the community in Cirencester & across the Cotswolds. Parts of Cirencester are in the top 10%-20% most deprived nationally against most of the government deprivation indices. Our new building is in a prominent position in one such deprived ward.
Youth Ministry: CBC employs two full time youth and children’s Ministers. We have over 150 under 18’s attending our various church youth groups but we are also passionate about young people beyond church. We run the town’s largest youth group of 140 teenagers per week & lead assemblies in 9 local schools.
Children’s Ministry: We run 10 children’s groups each Sunday & run messy church. We run two parent and toddler groups in the town with around 150 families registered and approximately 80 families per week attending.
The Elderly: We have run a pop-in centre & hope to revive this in the new building which will be far more accessible. CBC employs a part time person to work with isolated and housebound elderly people.
Other Activities include: Alpha Course, The Parenting Course, The Marriage Course, CAP (Christians Against Poverty) Money & Debt Course run by the church. Also, our members work in local community projects such as the Churn Project, Cirencester Opportunity Group, Open The Book, Street Pastors & Cirencester Food Bank. Home Start Cotswolds, who support families with pre-school children, & The Churn Project run activities out of our building. Home Start has an office in our building.

How the project will help to further the work of our church locally

Our church is about Jesus working through our people but the new building will be a tool through which to transform our work in the community. It is in a much more visible, prominent and accessible position than our old building and is in an area of high deprivation making it more accessible to people from that area. There is no other spacious facility like it in the town. Our old building has no parking, whereas this building will offer free parking, making our activities much more inclusive. It will be much larger and have more extensive and more modern facilities making it a more pleasant and welcoming environment but also providing a sustainable facility that we need for future growth. There will be increased space for the youth to play a variety of games, bespoke cupboards for storage of toys, games & equipment, a well equipped kitchen and seating area to provide drop-ins for the elderly, space to park buggies and space for us to meet together in our own ‘home’ as a complete church which we are not able to do now. Finally, it offers the possibility of other community groups being able to expand their activities through the use of our larger building.