Repairs and Redevelopment
Heaton Methodist Church has stood on Heaton Road for over 100 years. Many weddings, blessings and baptisms have been celebrated at the church by different generations over the years, and it has been a place of solace during times of trouble, at funerals and on other occasions. Many more have benefitted from belonging to youth organisations and other groups based at the church. Of course still more regularly attend on a Sunday morning to gather in the name of Jesus Christ, to worship and give thanks for the love of God.
Due to its age, the church needed to be sympathetically modernised to make it a place that people will take pleasure in visiting, and where they can enjoy celebrating special occasions and marking other life events. We envisage it as a vibrant centre and focal point for the community, where young people can continue to enjoy the activities provided well into the 21st Century.
How are we progressing?
In phase one, roof repairs were completed. The worship area was tastefully updated, making space for meetings and coffee, creche, prayer and contemplation. Two beautiful stained glass windows have been fitted; they were previously in Belmont Methodist Church, and earlier in Brown Memorial. An audio-visual system has been fitted.
In 2012, plans were drawn up for the next phase of the work which included refurbishment of the toilet accommodation and provision of a new kitchen area downstairs.
Planned maintenance work on the two flat roofs over the stairwells at the front of the church uncovered significant structural problems, the main part of which was the arch that was supporting the church tower was failing and supporting masonry was being forced outwards. Whilst on site the contractor also confirmed structural problems with the upper part of the gable end wall in Simonside Terrace; the outer leaf of the wall was starting to lean out. Fundraising continued over the latter part of 2012 to cover the cost of these repairs.
Once work had begun on the gable end it was found that the inner leaf of the wall was in a worse condition than expected and also required rebuilding. The discovery of this additional work, together with the increasing movement of the church tower, led the contractor to advise that the best solution for the church on both economic and safety grounds would be to demolish the church tower and allocate any money saved to the cost of the additional work on the gable end.
The church was granted an interest free loan of £40,000 from the central and East Circuit for which it is very grateful. A Gift Day on 16th and 17th March 2013 was also held to enable members and friends to make gifts or interest-free loans to cover the additional costs required.
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