A project is underway to re-order Holy Trinity Clapham's church building to meet the needs of our 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. 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 five 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, 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 many of the courses for adults and youth and children's groups are restricted by their existence, for example, our last three marriage preparation courses 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 over capacity in our Sunday morning services with regard to children’s groups. Additionally, 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 both the quantity of facilities and the quality. Many of the toilets are unsightly and in temperamental working order.
5. AV System
The current system is not good enough for everyone to hear clearly throughout the building, and the visuals for those in the balconies needs to be improved through an electronic solution.
The Re-ordering Committee
The re-ordering is being managed by a sub-committee of Holy Trinity Clapham’s PCC and supports the PCC in the delivery of the re-ordering of the church building to meet the current and future needs of our church’s vision and mission.
The following individuals are currently standing on the sub-committee as approved by resolution of the PCC on 16th September 2019.
Jago Wynne (PCC)
Ed Metters (PCC)
Jon Fletcher (PCC)
Nicola Uniacke (PCC)
Ben Lewis (PCC)
Neil Shadbolt (PCC)
Tim Jones (PCC)
Where are we now?
Over the past 18 months a number of options have been being internally considered and analysed as a part of the project known as the Feasibility Stage. In August 2019, a final design was selected and approved by the PCC to end the Feasibility Stage, and the Planning Phase commenced.
During the Planning Phase, a number of reports will be undertaken to determine the impact of the final design on a number factors, for example, the local community, the environment and heritage, whilst also putting more operational detail on the design. Also during the Planning Phase, many key stakeholders will have the opportunity to review our plans and give their feedback. We hope to hold these engagements in the coming months.
We are so excited to be entering this next Phase of the project, and can’t wait to be able to share our designs as well as our hopes for how our church can continue to, as it always has, meet the needs of our community today, and into the future.