A project is underway to re-order Holy Trinity Clapham's church building to meet the future needs of the church’s vision and mission.
The project aims to ensure that we maximise our space, giving us the room and facilities required to meet the needs of our growing community. Over the next few months our internal reordering committee and the PCC will be briefing and reviewing possible plans with architects. This page will be kept up-to-date with developments as they happen.
The current barriers to growth within the church building
While the building is a significant size, in its current layout it creates a number of constraints. The top four barriers to growth are as follows:
1. The Pews
The key barrier to growth is the wooden pews currently in place on the ground floor of the church. These limit how this space can be used both in Sunday services and other activities. In particular, with the pews in place, there is currently no large flexible space within the church and that is creating challenges. On a Sunday, it is a huge barrier in terms of hospitality and the flow of people around the church. During the week the pews are a barrier as many of the courses for adults and youth and children's groups that are restricted by their existence, for example, at our last two marriage preparation courses we were unable to accommodate all the engaged couples who wanted to attend as there wasn’t a space big enough within the church for all the tables.
2. Meeting Rooms
The number two barrier to growth is the smaller meeting rooms in the church. While there are currently enough rooms for activities during the week we are already at capacity in our Sunday morning services with regard to children’s groups. A number of the five rooms we do have are also in a poor state of repair.
3. Main Entrance and Foyer
The third main barrier to growth in the church building is the main entrance area which is cramped and does not support effective welcoming. The main entrance creates a bottleneck on Sunday mornings with two services and people going in and out of the building.
4. Kitchen and Toilet Facilities
The current kitchen and toilet facilities are inadequate for our existing church size, let alone for the anticipated growth of the church. A larger fit-for-purpose kitchen is necessary to support our current and future needs. In terms of toilet facilities the current barrier is not so much the quantity of facilities but the quality. Many of the toilets are unsightly and in temperamental working order.
The Internal Re-ordering Committee
The Internal Re-ordering (IR) sub-committee (‘the Committee’) is a sub-committee of Holy Trinity Clapham’s PCC and supports the PCC in the delivery of the internal re-ordering of the church building to meet the future needs of the church’s vision and mission.
The following individuals were approved to serve on the Committee by resolution of the PCC on 19th February 2018
• Ed Metters (PCC)
• Weng Lee
• Jonathan Hellewell
• Rachel Khoo
• Nicola Williams (PCC)
• Ben Lewis (PCC)