When the Church was modernised, extended and literally 'turned around' in a £500,000 project completed in 1997 the Worship Centre and Community Halls were transformed by being equipped with good heating, double/triple glazing and a full kitchen refurbishment. The building and halls are maintained to a good standard of decoration and cleanliness and there are plenty of resources with tables and chairs, crockery and cookware.
The Community Halls that are on the lower level of the Church can be accessed directly by an entrance on the lower side of the Church building from Bank Road (through the parking area). Internal stairs and a lift connect the upper and lower floors. The main entrance to the Church Worship Centre is on Oak Road, on the upper side of the Church building. Both entrances have free-of-steps access.
There are three Community Halls beneath the Church Worship Centre. Hall 1 has capacity for 180 people and Halls 2 & 3 individually can accommodate up to 30 people each. Halls 2 & 3 are separated by a glazed, sliding partition which allows them to be combined to accommodate up to 60 people. Seating downstairs is on a combination of padded and non-padded stackable chairs. Folding tables are also available.
The Church Worship Room is on the upper level of the Church building and has a seating capacity of 250. The seating is on individual padded chairs and these can be arranged to suit various styles of use.
Room dimensions (We have not included toilet, corridor and storage spaces in the figures):
Lower level - TOTAL 252m2
• Hall 1 150m2
• Halls 2&3 (wood/glass sliding partition between 2&3) 80m2 total (2 = 45m2, 3 = 35 m2).
• Catering Kitchen 22m2
Upper level - TOTAL 252m2
• Worship Centre* 180m2
• Entrance vestibule (crush hall) 38m2
• Office 12m2
• Creche Room 14m2
• Refreshment Room 8m2 (sink, sockets & kitchen units only)
* We have not included in the Worship Centre area the space required to store the loose upholstered chairs & moveable organ in the Worship Centre. We have also not included the Altar and Pulpit area which is a raised floor area at one end of the Worship Centre, which we would want to remain unused except for performances.
There is a small mezzanine level above the crush hall, accessed only via a spiral staircase, which is used for storage - not included in the available space.
A large, recently refurbished, kitchen that can cater for up to 100 covers The kitchen was extended into two rooms with the development project and now boasts modern catering facilities including:-
• a large eight burner commercial cooker
• integrated commercial extractor hood
• preparation island
• two microwaves
• upright freezer
• large larder fridge
• industrial washing machine
• five sinks
• two mains served water boilers for hot drinks
• large preparation stainless steel side areas
• cupboards and drawers
The kitchen is fully complimented with crockery, cutlery, beakers, cups and mugs for up to 100 covers.
Hall 1 has a high ceiling and provides a truly multi-functional area used for a wide variety of purposes including on occasion a dormitory for weekend visiting youth groups. The supporting columns have removable padding on them to provide protection for physical games to be played. There are folding chairs and tables available for seating up to 120 people. The capacity of the Hall is up to 180 people seated. Hall 1 has a large, doored, serving hatch through to the large kitchen.
Halls 2 & 3 have the lift access to the upper level and the stairs enter into Hall 3. A small store area and the main lower level toilets, including a single toilet for the disabled that also has a baby changing facility installed. A small, doored, serving hatch through to the large kitchen is also within Hall 3. Halls 2 & 3 can accommodate up to 20 people each sat at tables and up to 30 each seated.
Halls 2 & 3 can be separated by a sliding glass partition door and whilst the partition is not sound proof, it is possible for some activities to continue in both rooms at the same time with minimal disturbance between the rooms. Stackable padded chairs are available as are folding tables and there are also chairs and folding tables available for children.
The Church has a very limited car parking area for up to half a dozen cars which is most often used by young families and those who are less mobile. If you park here, please ensure to leave a suitable passageway for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Mainly, weekday car parking is on streets around the Church which are subject to certain daytime restrictions on the duration of stay. Vehicles are parked at the vehicle owner's risk. There are public pay & display parking spaces a short walk away.