Building a New Church
People of faith have been worshipping and sharing their Christian faith in Otford since the 1800's. The original OMC Chapel was built in 1935 & was planned to be the first phase of a bigger project, it was meant to be a Childrens Chapel. The larger church, planned alongside it was never built as the Second World War took its toll on many projects of that kind.
Now, with a growing church, the chapel was felt to be too small to accommodate our needs and falls short of 21st century facilities and standards. So, not without some regrets of course, the chapel has been demolished and a new church is being built in its place.
We started our building project in 2004 when we obtained planning permission to replace both the old hall and the chapel.
In 2005 we started phase one and built the new church halls which have become such an integral part of the village and community with a huge footfall through the year and many regular community groups who meet there. The complex is a light and airy building with a large main hall and 4 further meeting rooms with a lift and toilet facilities suitable for disabled people, a kitchen, coffee lounge and an office.
Phase 2 of our building project is the new church -started in July 2016 with demolition of the old chapel and aiming to complete the new church in June 2017. This will provide a state of the art church building fit for its purposes of worship and community activities. Like the halls complex, it will meet all the necessary environmental and CIBSE requirements to provide a warm and eco friendly environment, which is also versatile, so can be used in many ways.
The striking design by Clague Architects will give us a welcoming and inspiring place with seating capacity for over 200 people, providing a performance venue for music, dance, drama, meetings and other suitable events.
The church will have an amazing glass window designed by Mel Howse facing the road with a large cross at the centre which will fill the building with coloured light. Mel is working on our window at the moment and her next project will be to design the window for Durham Cathedral. Click here for more info on Mel and her work.
The Finance Team has been seeking funding and church members have been very generous in their support so far. Currently we are over halfway towards our budgeted target of close to £1m. We seek further grants and donations as well as reclaiming tax from HMRC on gift-aided gifts and donations. There will be a need for continued giving and commitment until we reach our goal.
If you are inclined to make a gift or donation, we would, of course, be very grateful. Please contact the Project Treasurer, Otford Methodist Church, Chris Towers - email@example.com. Cheque's should be made payable to Otford Methodist Church Building Fund. If you make a gift and pay income tax, you may consider gift-aiding any donation, the forms for which are available from the Treasurer.
Further information can be obtained from Derek Baxter - firstname.lastname@example.org, Jeff Davies - email@example.com or the Minister, Rev. John Ritson - firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we build, the Church Family meets and worships in the halls complex.
Building News - Update
The old Chapel has now been dismantled and building of the new church started on the 4th July 2016 with an expected completion date of June 2017. The archstone of the old Chapel altar area has been placed as a cornerstone in the new church. Click here for the photo updates.