Busbridge Central Project Overview

When you reach the edge of the waters, go and stand in the river
— Joshua 3:8

It’s an exciting time for Busbridge & Hambledon Church.  Time to unlock the potential for God’s life-changing work in our community.  After years of prayerful planning, we’ve finally reached the moment to make a step change in our church that will allow us to grow with God’s blessing.  The buildings of Busbridge Central will form a vibrant campus in the heart of Busbridge, providing great facilities both for church and community.

This is not a sudden development.  Busbridge church has long been a central part of our local society, and we continually strive to realize our vision of ‘Loving God, Making Disciples, and Transforming Communities’.  This new building project is a major step to enable the vision.  With that said, God has presented us with a unique short-term opportunity with regard to site purchase.  It is our turn to make our faith count and serve God’s purposes in our generation.

Back when St John’s Church was built back in 1865, the official population of Busbridge was 342 people.  Now it’s over 10 times that, while our church has pretty much remained the same.  With the support of many in our congregation and community, we have patched over the challenges and grown to 6 congregations over 3 sites.  However, we’re at bursting point and need to make a meaningful change if the work of God is to continue effectively.

The proposed Busbridge Central facilities would be built on the existing rectory site, and may include a new auditorium, hall, offices, meeting rooms, café, and reflection garden.  From school concerts to marriage preparation courses, toddler groups to Primetime coffee morning, 5-a-side matches or ad-hoc medical surgery, the new facilities would bring our Busbridge and Hambledon communities together in many ways.

This will be a challenging journey.  It will mean real sacrifice from all of us in the church, both financially and in the time and effort it will take to make this a reality.  We need £1.7m funding to secure the site, before moving into consultation, planning and fundraising for the new build.  But just think of the potential – with God’s blessing, we will transform our community together.  Let’s encourage each other to step up to the challenge of the giving campaign and give God the glory.

As you consider your own response, be encouraged with these words of King David:

Wealth and honour come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand
— 1 Chronicles 29 v 12-14

Your friends in Christ

Simon (Rector), Mark and Dudley (Wardens)