Old Schoolhouse - Praise God for a great meeting with planners this week (24/5)

Praise God for a great meeting with planners this week
Give great thanks to God for answered prayers! John had a great meeting with planners on Thursday afternoon who were very positive about our vision for the site, especially the 'delightful' new hall and the ideas for future building use. They were positive about many aspects of our current design, and encouragingly said there would be no negative impact on the Comper School from the hall as we have planned it. There is still work to do, mainly on housing and a little landscaping of the site too, but overall we were really encouraged and thankful to God.

Next steps: we will submit revised drawings incorporating the planners' feedback in a few weeks, and will hopefully receive written feedback within a month. Then the full application can be worked on, and we'll be able to submit that by September. The likelihood is that once we get our planning designs approved there will be some waiting for the legal processes to be completed. So there remains much to get through, please continue to pray that God would lead and help us, but this seems a natural time to press pause and praise him!

Spurring one another on towards love and good deeds
Following on from Dan's devotion at the Church meeting, pray Hebrews 10:19-25 for us as we continue to walk through the process. Pray particularly that those carrying heavy burdens in this journey would be encouraged and supported, and might this process somehow be leading us to draw near to God 'with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings'.
Pray for the upcoming working bee on Saturday 22nd June, and for God's help and encouragement through his people for Catherine and Ally as they consider how to work on refurbishing the building. Praise God for a good time a couple of weeks ago.

Fundraising
Praise God that there was positive interest in the chapel, and we are now going into a second round of bidding closing next Friday. Continue to pray that the sale of 5 Fern Hill Road to go through (currently with the lawyers).