As a church family we spent Forty Days
praying together – asking God for a clear picture of what could be, fuelled by a passion that it should be.
During this time we felt led to make a bid on the 'Ideas in Furniture' building, situated on the Lisburn Road opposite Tesco.
We are overjoyed and thankful to God that our bid was successful and are now in the process of stripping out, designing and fund raising for our new family home!
As a family, we seek and cherish
unity and togetherness.
God has guided and provided in an incredible way, showing us a clear picture of the way forward. We therefore encourage all who call Windsor Baptist their home to come together - to be united, engaged and involved as we raise the necessary finances and step into this exciting new season.
We believe now more than ever that God has called us 'to be a church without walls' - a place where people discover acceptance, experience new life in Christ, are empowered to use their gifts and abilities and are supported as they go make a difference in their communities and beyond.
As we move forward, we cling to our vision and values that help define who we are and what we do.
Explore below for more detailed information about what we're doing and how you can be involved.
Creating empty seats.
Enabling a wider reach.
If you've been around Windsor for any length of time you'll know that we moved our 10:30am Sunday gathering to Fane Street Primary School (May 2016) because of the tight squeeze in the existing church premises. The squeeze is most evident at our 10.30am gathering but it's felt right across our ministries - we're continually running out of room.
Our new home will provide much needed space, creating empty seats for you to invite others into our church community. It will also give us a visible presence right on the Lisburn Road, enabling us to have a wider reach into our local community in South Belfast and beyond.
The design process is well under way, with plans being submitted to the Planning Service before Christmas. If you are part of the Windsor family, then we encourage you to sign up (at the bottom) to receive regular email updates.
The overall project cost is estimated at £3.4 million and will be split into three stages to make the best use of finances raised at each stage of the project.
PHASE ONE - Purchase of Ideas in Furniture building (£780k) - Completed JUNE 2015
PHASE TWO - Internal Works (£108k) - Completed OCTOBER 2016
Internal works involving removal of asbestos, stripping out internal walls / ceilings, etc and removing plaster from internal walls.
PHASE THREE - Internal & External Refurbishment (£2.58M) - Awaiting planning permission
These works include new partitioning, wall finishes, complete renewal of mechanical / electrical services and final fitting out.
NOTE: These costs do not include professional and statutory fees.
As we are depending on sacrificial giving to finance a loan repayment, each phase would progress when we have kept repayments up to date on existing loans, have at least a deposit of 25% towards each new loan and can show that surplus funds exist to cover repayments on all loans. This should allow the bank to release further funds enabling us to keep moving forward.
We have created a TIMELINE CARD to show the progress and future steps to be taken - pick up a hard copy in church or download it here today, enabling you to stay up to date and pray for each milestone along the journey. With phase two now completed, we aim to be in a position to begin phase three by December 2017, when it is hoped the planning process will have been completed successfully and move into our new home in early 2019 - however the timescale depends on how quickly we come together to raise funds.
Discover more on how you can give below.
Project Cost & Timescale
Giving Regularly - Enabling Progress
Our pledge target is £191,000 per year - over and above current regular giving to general fund
- that is £15,916 per month.
As you can see from the illustration below, we currently have £185,000 (including gift aid) pledged per year, which is incredibly encouraging and a visible sign of our church family coming together to give regularly, enabling good progress to be made to date. Praise be to God, our gracious provider!
[UPDATED APRIL 2018]
If you currently pledge, please take this opportunity to review and maybe even increase your current commitment.
If you don't currently pledge, we invite you to begin pledging & giving a regular amount towards our required target.
What do I do next?
Please pick up in church / download our Pledge & Give leaflet and consider your part in this. Simply fill in the appropriate sections and return to our Treasurer (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible.
If you are a young person (under 18) - we want you to be part of this and so we've created a way for you to make a commitment and give regularly. Simply download a Windsor Youth Pledge & Give leaflet and/or chat to Mark for more info.
Together let’s continue to see the dream becoming a reality,
as we seek to be a church without walls in this city and beyond.
Pledge & Give
Ways To Give
We want to make it as easy as possible for you to give and so we are suggesting a few ways
to do that effectively;
Cash / Cheque - If paying by cash or cheque, please place in a sealed envelope and be sure to use "CT_Your Surname" as a reference, to help us accurately record your donation. All cheques should be made payable to 'Windsor Baptist Church' and your name and address is written on the reverse.
One-Off Online Payments (via PayPal) - We have set up a secure donation page with the PayPal Giving Fund, allowing 100% of your donation to be passed directly to us. Please click here to visit our donation page.
Bank Transfer - Please click to download Bank Transfer information.
If you use online banking, many banks allow you to set up a 'One-Off Transfer' or a 'Regular Transfer' within minutes. Please be sure to use "CT_Your Surname" as a reference, to help us accurately record your donation.
Interest Free Loans - We have negotiated a continuation of a set-off account with a 1% interest which reduces our loan interest. We encourage you to consider this as a way of giving - interest free loans are returned immediately by the church on request. Please contact our treasurer (email@example.com) for more information.
Legacy Gifts - We really don’t want to receive giving in this way but leaving a legacy to the Development Fund in your will is a potential way of giving.
If you are a taxpayer, please ensure that you Gift Aid any donations you make, as this allows
us to reclaim 25 pence per £1, which makes a huge difference.
Download a Gift Aid Declaration here.