A bit like the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics Games in London we have been awaiting this moment for a long time and it didn’t disappoint. OK, the wait for the steel hasn’t been that long but we have been eagerly anticipating its arrival for some weeks now.
But as you will be able to see from the pictures as soon as it arrived it was being unloaded and then quickly slotted into place. It has been a display of some really hard work by the builders on the site today. We are really beginning to see the shape of the new Conference Hall now. With the arrival of more steel and an even bigger crane as the week progresses it should be an exciting phase of the project.
We welcomed the sun back to Capernwray Hall today as the second week of our International Youth Week draws to a close. Whilst the guests finished the afternoon off playing a game of football in the glorious sunshine one of our photographers managed to get a few shots of the building site from a slightly different angle. You should be able to see from the photos the full span of the corridor wall and also the newly built end wall.
New guests arrive tomorrow for our third and final youth week and we have been told that the crane and steelwork should also arrive on site by Monday. We look forward to bringing you some pictures of that soon.
As the South of England basks in the Summer sun we at Capernwray Hall are still contending with rain showers more akin to April than July. But we won’t let that dampen our spirits and the builders won’t let that get in the way of their block laying. As you can see from the pictures the service corridor is now nearly finished as we eagerly await the arrival of the steel. But we must be patient.
This reminds me of a quote someone shared with me today from Henri Nouwen about patience and how we wait for God.
“We wait with patience. But patience does not mean passivity. Waiting patiently is not like waiting for the bus to come, the rain to stop, or the sun to rise. It is an active waiting in which we live the present moment to the full in order to find there the signs of the One we are waiting for. The word patience comes from the Latin verb patior which means “to suffer.” Waiting patiently is suffering through the present moment, tasting it to the full, and letting the seeds that are sown in the ground on which we stand grow into strong plants. Waiting patiently always means paying attention to what is happening right before our eyes and seeing there the first rays of God’s glorious coming”.
So as we await the steel and the sun we most importantly look around at the Glory of God and patiently await the Son.
Following on from the weekends cycling result in Paris there is a slightly yellow feel to the photo gallery today. As you can see from the pictures the walls of the lower accommodation block are continuing to rise. Hopefully we should see some steelwork added to it at some point this week.
As the work continues steadily on the building site so does our holiday programme here at the Hall. This week we are hosting our second International Youth Week which sees young people from throughout Europe join us for fun, friendship and great Bible teaching.
As regular readers, you will be aware that the board of trustees met last Thursday (12th July) to consider the new Conference Hall project. When we originally signed the contract we only committed to build the shell, with the option to delay before proceeding with the fit out stage. This was clearly not our preferred option, but in the light of the funds we had available at the time, was the right decision.
At the meeting the board carefully and prayerfully considered the situation and concluded that, with the funds we have already received and those promised, along with the commitment of the bank to lend up to £1m, we should press on and trust the Lord for completion in one continuous contract. On Tuesday we had our regular monthly meeting with the design team and contractors and made them aware of the decision, and so they are now planning and working accordingly.
It is our prayer that we will not have to borrow from the bank so can we ask you continue to “circle” the building with prayer, giving praise to the Lord for His provision, both to date and in the future. This is still very much an exercise of faith and so we thank you for standing with us, and we look forward to seeing the new building take shape in the coming months.
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In between the wonderful British Summertime rain showers our photographer Matt managed to get out and and capture some shots of the latest goings on at the building site. He had his umbrella with him but it wasn’t needed in the end. As you will be able to see the walls are continuing to rise and a floor of one of the rooms is also beginning to take shape. A few more of those in place and it will be time for the big crane to roll in and start popping in the steelwork. Exciting!
Today, there was significant progress on the block work……hence the title of today’s blog Bricks and Water. Our pic shows some serious building taking place down the center of the new conference hall….. looks like the block workers were enjoying being in the sunshine as much as our water sliders. Our Trustees have also met today, and I will bring you any news as soon as it is available.
We are nearing the end of our 2nd family week holiday. Matt went out in the glorious sunshine, so he didn’t need his umbrella today, and took some pictures of some of our guests out on the water slide. Simon (one of the Youth team volunteers) was not content with adding the soap at the top of the slide, but took the soap on a ride down the field to ensure best coverage……then promptly assisted others down at greater speed. Hope you enjoy the slide show.
Today, I just want to share an important message from Phil Burt, our Business Director:
Our Trustees meet on Thursday 12th July and a key item on the agenda will be the Conference Hall. As you may have gathered from previous correspondence, the initial contract was signed as a two-phase contract, ie. we have committed at this stage to build the shell and retained the option to delay the fit out phase should funding not be available.
As you will see from the latest figures on our web site (www.capernwray.org.uk) we are still some way short of the total required and so would value your prayers as the trustees discuss this together later this week. Once again, this is a critical decision, and so, as you pray, if you have any specific thoughts or encouragement, please comment on the blog or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you sense the Lord prompting you to commit to giving, it would really help us in our planning if you would e-mail us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for any other inquiry or information. You can also visit us at our “Giving” page to see how there are many ways you can contribute to the work of Capernwray Hall.
We learned today that Chard likes to watch Bob the Builder, hence the title of today’s blog!
However, we have got the brick layers back and work is progressing on the walls that will form the lower part of the structure. The service corridor that runs the length of the building is now discernible and the shape of the new bed rooms is becoming clear. Pretty soon the mixer will be back to lay the floors in time for the steel work arriving on or around July 16th.
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