Recently, our Pastor, Adam and his family were able to visit Madagascar and while there they visited the site of the proposed building project.
Now hold on a minute you might be asking. What building project in Madagascar? The church is supposed to be on Broadmead Ave! Not sure many will make it to church each Sunday if they have to fly to Africa.
OK let us back up a little. When we first began this project some nine years ago it was always a key value of the church to give away 10% of all we raise to another project. This value was based on the principle that we are blessed to be a blessing and that as God is generous to us we offer generosity to others. So we began the hunt for a project or projects to give the money to.
A few years ago Narilanto and Fiona, who are serving with YWAM in Madagascar, supported by the church, began to dream about having their own YWAM centre rather than renting as they currently do. There are many advantages to doing this. These include releasing the rental money to other projects, having a centre designed for their mission, rather than having to make do. And finally, being able to be in a permanent place without being at the whim of the landlord.
A few years ago as a church we agreed to give the 10% away to support this vision. It was a really exciting opportunity to build something here in Northampton and also contribute to a new centre which will train disciples in a country many of us will never visit. It was a Kingdom opportunity.
Narilanto and Fiona have found a piece of land and along with the other YWAM Leadership Team have agreed that this is the right location and space for all that they want to do. We as a church are currently in the process of releasing the money to enable the purchase of the Land and the Property on it.
So it was a great opportunity while in Madagascar to visit the land/property and talk further about the vision and plans.
“It was so exciting to visit the land and to hear the vision for the Discipleship Training School as well as a Primary School for local children. The vision to impact the community and the county with the love of God will have a greater influence when they are able to move into this new build. While there we made a makeshift foundation (cornerstone) stone and stood to pray that God would make all this possible for His Kingdom Sake. It is a real honour to be able as a church to release the money to enable YWAM to begin the journey towards this God given vision.”
We will keep you updated on how things are progressing as we receive news. In the meantime here are some photos of the land and buildings as well as the makeshift foundation stone.
One of the ways you can support The Broadmead centre is to sign up to Give as you Live and gain us donations while you shop online. Over the last month I have been trialling Give as you Live to see how it works.
To shop using give as you live you go to their website and login. This takes you to their website and you can search the online retailers who support give as you live. There are over 4000 retailers and each gives a percentage of you purchase price to your nominated charity without charging you anything. To shop you search for the store you need, click on the link to take you to that stores page and then shop as normal. Once your transaction is complete, you will receive an email telling you how much money your transaction has raised for Broadmead Baptist Church. You can even select your favourite stores to make them easier to find.
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The photos in this post were taken on Friday 16th March as we relaid the memorial stones from the old building into the new building. We invited our longest serving memebers to come and witness this exciting event. The original stones were laid in 1936 by Sister Beatrice Last (the first deaconess at Broadmead) and the Reverand Hale (the first pastor at Broadmead Baptist church. The congregation were invited to write prayers to go behind the memorial stones and these were placed in plastic pockets. As our current pastor, Adam Eakins, said "Remember the past, celebrate the present and looking forward in faith to the future"
The idea of a time capsule was suggested about two years ago by one of the prayer team. How great would it be to create a time capsule for future generations to find? Something which would include a cross section of the events, activities, missions, people and vision of the first 85+ years of Broadmead Baptist Church.
When the old building was being demolished, care was taken to retain the memorial stones for inclusion in the new building. In the process of removing one of the memorial stones, which had been located by the entrance at the front of the building, some original blueprints of the building from over 80 years ago were found alongside a letter from the architect (F.H.Allen Architect and Surveyor) and a letter from the builder (P.N.Cleaver Ltd) which had been placed behind the stone, unprotected! A real treasure to find and an encouragement that they had survived in very good condition, with some damage to one of the blueprints, for over 80 years! Those items have been added into the capsule as well.
Our sincere thanks go to Kath Dawkins for all her hard work in putting the time capsule together. It will be installed into the fabric of the building – possibly somewhere in amongst the first floor ceilings - sometime in the near future.
Good news this week ! We have received £1000 from Tesco bags of help. Thanks to all who voted for us and thank you to Tesco for their generosity.
The builders have made real progress this week. The steel frame is complete, the concrete floor slabs are in and the first courses of blocks and bricks for the walls have been put in. The ground floor has been levelled ready for the concrete to be poured. The next few weeks will see the framework begin to become a building. To see the progress take a peep through the windows in the hoardings as you walk past, keep an eye on our time lapse camera and of course, follow us on facebook.
We are hosting a special fundraising lunch on 13th February in the hope of raising funds for phase 2 of the build. We are holding it in the beautiful surroundings of the fine rooms of the South Range of Delapre Abbey – which is due to open to the public for the first time on the 16th March. We will be sharing our vision for the new building with our guests. For more information about Delapre Abbey follow the link.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. The television is full of adverts offering flowers, food and cards to send to your loved one. Did you know women are more inclined to buy cards than men are? Men, it seems, prefer to buy flowers and chocolates. Around 110 million Valentine’s roses are sold 2-3 days leading up to February 14th, mostly red of course. Out of those 110 million, 73% are purchased by men and only 27% are purchased by women.
If you are buying a gift for a special someone online, shop using give as you live and you will raise funds for us.
The last seven days have been incredibly exciting for the project. We can now see things happening above ground and the new build is taking shape. Fantastic to watch it all happening on our time lapse camera which can be viewed by clicking here.
It really does feel like it is all happening now and we have had so many positive comments from the community about how excited they are to see the building taking shape. One story heard this week was of a little boy who walks past every day with his mum to check on the progress of the build. She has to lift him up to view through the small windows in the hoarding but each day he is checking on the progress. He is really enjoying seeing the changes and progress day by day. We look forward to welcoming him into the new build later this year.
So while we watch and wait like expectant parents, we are already dreaming about how the building will be used and how the brand new Broadmead Centre can become central to the life of this community in so many ways. We have, also, started to dream up ways of celebrating the opening of the new build and we will be saying more about that nearer the time. So in the mean time whether you are walking past or watching from the live-stream, let's keep getting excited.
As 2018 rolls round we are so excited about the next few weeks which will see the steel frames going up to form the structure of the new build. Now that the foundations are complete, this is the first sign of anything above ground. We look forward to seeing the new build beginning to take shape over the coming weeks with a provisional plan that the roof will be on by Easter.
We, also, hope to install a camera in the next few weeks which will capture the whole process. We do have the images on our gallery page which you can access by clicking here but to have a time lapses camera in place will give us some fantastic footage along the journey. As soon as we have anything to show you it will be up on this website.
In the meantime here are a few photos from the last few weeks.
Wow, what a year 2017 has been! After more than ten years in the planning, the build has begun and we couldn't be more excited. The contractors will be on site until the end of this week and then be taking a break over Christmas and will be back on Monday 8 January ready for the steel frame to be constructed.
The project is still on schedule (apart from losing two days to the snow) so here are the key construction dates for the next few months of the project:
8 January - Steel frame of the building begins to be constructed
22 January - Roof frame begins to be constructed
12 February - External walls begin to be built
19 March - Ground floor external windows are installed
16 April - The roof is fitted
23 April - First floor external windows are fitted
30 April - External timber cladding is applied
So keep your eyes peeled for the next stages of the project and from all of us here at Broadmead, have a very Merry Christmas!!
It has been an very important week for the project!
On Monday we held the breaking ground ceremony as the construction team moved onto the site. Several guests joined us including Tony Ansell, Deputy Mayor, Rupert Fordham, High Sheriff of Northamptonshire and Paul Joyce, Borough Councillor for Eastfield, all of whom have been wonderful advocates and great supporters of the project over the past few years.
Adam, the church pastor opened the ceremony with words from Isaiah 54 that have been the inspiration behind the project since the planning began 10 years ago
'Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back, lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes'
Our desire is that anyone is welcome here and that no one need be alone in this community. This building will enable us to open for longer and host more activities and services to support anyone who needs it.
Deputy Mayor Tony Ansell congratulated the church on this new project and Rupert Fordham stated how inspirational the project is and that he is sure it will be a huge success.
Colin Pye, regional minister for the Central Baptist Association prayed a blessing over the project and all who have been and continue to work to bring it to fruition. We are excitedly anticipating the completion of the project and the wonderful new opportunities it will provide for so many in the locality.
But first, the foundations are being laid. How wonderful it is that the rubble and hardcore from the old building is being used in the foundations of the new one. The 85 years of history, faith and community are literally holding up the new building!
Please do consider supporting the project financially...our first large bill to the contractors is coming up!
You can also watch the ceremony on our Facebook page here
The building project has also been chosen for a second supermarket charity scheme!
This time it is The Co-op. Anyone who is a Co-op member gets 1% of what they spend on certain products in-store to donate to a local cause. From now until October 2018, Co-op members can choose to donate to the building project! The total amount raised will be determined by how many purchases are made by members and so there is the potential for quite a large donation. We will also receive a share of the profits raised from carrier bag sales during the community fund period
If you are already a member of the Co-op, can I encourage you to vote for us and if you are not, can I encourage you to consider becoming a member!
You can find more information on membership here
If you are a member, you will need to log in to your account online to choose the centre as your cause
If you have any questions, please do let us know