Building Project: Painful Piles
Onlookers might have been forgiven for thinking we were drilling for oil on our land, but in fact this was a crucial part of the new building – hammering steel piles deep into the ground to strengthen the foundations. Our land at the edge of Victoria Park was originally a curling pond. Back in the [ more… ]
Building Project: Brrr…
Building Project: Groundworks begin
Our stage 1 building warrant has now been issued, just in time for the groundworks to begin! Graham Irvine’s team have been “scraping” the site, and the piling mat has been put down – effectively a layer of hardcore to take the weight of the piling machines. Additionally, the lamp post at the entrance to [ more… ]
Building Project: The site is ready!
Under the direction of Gordon our Project Manager, a group of excited volunteers from the church erected the security fencing around the site today. Once done, we gathered on site to pray and dedicate the project to God. This is something that people have been waiting for and praying about for 30 years!
Building Project: Planning Permission is in!
After a lot more back and forwards debate than we’d anticipated, we thank God that planning permission has now finally been granted for the building! The changes that have been agreed include a clerestory window (a long, thin window all the way along the top of the roof) and some panelling in front of the [ more… ]
Building Project: Planning Statement
The planning statement written by our architect Ranald Boydell can be downloaded here: peebles baptist church – planning statement 31.05.18-1 This gives much more background about the proposal, the land, and the rationale behind the design. Our application for planning permission for the new King’s Meadow Facility is now in, and can be viewed [ more… ]
Building Project: A Barn on Stilts?
We have been working with our architect (Ranald Boydell, from Galashiels) to come up with a design for a building that is long-lasting and fit for purpose, but that is also more cost-effective and quick to build than traditional brick or stone buildings. The structure we’re working with is a metal-framed commercial building (put simply, [ more… ]
Building Project: Our Vision
We want to be Good News on the South side of Peebles, and the planned facilities at the King’s Meadow are a key part of that aim. So what does that mean in practice? 1: The King’s Meadow building is a home for Peebles Baptist Church and is a place of worship, fellowship and [ more… ]
Building Project: Sustainability and Creation Care
Over recent decades, people have become increasingly aware that our world is in trouble environmentally. For years, humankind has thoughtlessly just taken from the earth’s resources, not caring about whether or not this was sustainable, nor overly concerned about its effect on tomorrow. Slowly at first, the Christian church has become aware that it too [ more… ]
Tithing the Building Fund
Although the amount we need to raise for our Building Project is substantial, we’re very aware that we’re relatively very well off compared to many churches and organisations around the world. The church has therefore decided to tithe (give away 10% of) money raised for our building fund, where we’re permitted to do so (for [ more… ]
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