Old Schoolhouse - Depending on God and being good neighbours (10/5)

Dependence on God & his leading
Over all the many needs and aspirations for the Old Schoolhouse project, we are very conscious that we depend on God for all things, but want to see this lived out in our depending on him more in prayer. Pray that he would lead the process and that we would look to him for leading and inspiration.
 
Community relations and Communication
In recent weeks there have been meetings with different community groups. While hard, these have been good opportunities to hear their concerns and also be clear about how and why we are taking the approach we have. 
  • Please pray lines of communication would continue to be clear, that we would be sensitive to their concerns because we want to be good neighbours and we want to establish a community centre that serves our neighbourhood well.
  • Praise God for a good meeting with the team in the council responsible for community centres. They were really positive about our plans. Pray their interest in supporting our planning bid might be wise and effective.
  • Praise God for Tom Hunter taking charge of the Communications Team (and thanks to Matt & Ruth Morgan for all their hard work). Pray for inspiration as to how to take this forward and how to effectively communicate with the local community and folk interested in the project.  
 
Planning application & design
As you may be aware, we withdrew our first planning application and John Perkins and others have worked hard on round 2 addressing some of the concerns raised. The pre-application has just recently been submitted.
  •  Pray these plans will be well-received, and for good communication with the council. Pray for an informal meeting with a senior planning officer.
  •  Pray for the design team (Jonathan Greenaway, John Perkins, and Phoebe Gibson-Watt) that God would help them see the practical needs and give them the inspiration they need. 
 
Fundraising & sale of Chapel and manse
  • Please pray for the fundraising team as they submit applications & think about new ways of generating funds. 
  • A few trusts have expressed interest in funding the project but once planning is granted. Pray that God would retain their interest!
  • Pray for the sale of 5 Fern Hill Road (the Church's Manse, for which we have accepted an offer) to go through. 
  • Pray for the sale of the chapel. Pray that the right people would put together bids for the right amount.