We are delighted to tell you that we now have received planning permission for the Light House to be designated for Community Use, and for the external developments to the entrance, including addition of a lift, balcony and new first floor section, and also a new entrance access from the Coach Road side of the building, which will help integrate all the spaces. It has been a slow process to work through and agree design, and ensure the various regulations are met, including fire safety and disability access.
A key meeting space is a large room (artists’ initial impression above) as you enter the ground floor, which we want to be welcoming, and flexible in use for people of all ages. It is our plan that it will be used for all age groups, including young people’s meetings and hang outs, “café” church, events such as music and informal talks, and for hospitality to the community, such as special coffee mornings for the elderly or alcohol free bar evenings. We want to encourage Christians to think how they might use such a space to bring blessing and help to the community, and to share the Gospel with people through practical love.
It is now a key time for us to work through with consultants all the detail design, including heating, mechanical and electrical design, structural engineering, energy efficiency and so on, so that we can get accurate costings. We will share more information on plans for the rest of the building and be launching our fundraising campaign shortly… watch this space!
New Member of Board of Management
We are also delighted to announce that David Harper has agreed to join us as a member of the Board. David has long had a heart for encouraging connection between Christians in the Gospel, and we are confident he will bring ideas and energy to our discussions. Welcome David!
Youth Work On Pause
It was a difficult decision, but James has found that the group of young people he has been working with were suffering screen overload, and he has suspended the virtual youth work during this strict period of lockdown. It is expected that as weather warms up (yes, it’s actually happening!) and as restrictions ease, some in-person gatherings in the park and elsewhere will be able to start up again. We look forward to that…
During the lockdown before Christmas we hosted a virtual prayer gathering attended by a number of church leaders around Kilkenny, with the aim of encouraging one another and increasing awareness of concerns and ministries. Another is imminent, this St Patrick’s Day, 17th March, and we pray we may grow in our support one for another.