We are deeply committed to the people of Sparkhill and are developing our resources to better serve the local community in the 21st century.
We now have received planning permission for the external work to be undertaken as we continue the improvement and renovation of our church building.
Final plans for approval by the Diocesan Advisory Committee are now being prepared and these include a reordered worship area, new facilities including offices, meeting rooms, kitchen, toilets and a refurbished church hall as well as new car parking facilities
A total reroofing of the church (including insulating) costing over £425,000 was undertaken during 2010 and 2011 with the help of English Heritage, grant giving organisations and sacrifial giving by the congregation.
Phase 1 reroofing in pictures
Work on phase 1 of the roof replacement gets under way with the start of the erection of scaffolding. Week 1 (8-12th March 2010)
Insulation being installed
overview of north side of church at week 9
work started on replacing the tiles on 7th May
Internal scaffolding going up 19th May
Even the Chimney gets a make-over 11th June
Work starts on the south roof 11th June
abseiling to fix birdnetting on tower 25th June
roofer in safety harness high on the south transept 2nd July
yet more new scaffolding 28th July
a high level view 30th July
Pete the Builder 30th July
High level view of carpenter repairing clerestory
window in the main roof 30th July
Clerestory window under repair 30th July
Phase 2 of the reroofing gets under way in October 2010
Scaffolding going up on the north side of the church in preparation for stage 2 of the reroofing.
Work gets underway on the north transept roof 27th October
New emergency exit from the Church Hall
In the summer of 2013 we completed the installation of an Emergency Exit to our Church Hall at a cost of £22,000. We are grateful to the many individuals and trusts who gave so generously towards this essential work.
Thanks to a grant from Transforming Church we were able to replace our main church notice board during 2015.
New boiler for Church Hall and Project Offices
Thanks to the generosity of church members and grant making organisations during 2015 we were able to replace the heating boiler in the church hall with an efficient modern boiler to which we can later add solar water heating panels.
Renovation of boundary railings
Over 24 bays of historic (grade 2 listed) iron railings, supporting walls and pillars are in urgent need of renovation. We have been promised a substantial grant from the Ironmongers Company and are in the process of submitting other grant applications including to English Heritage. The total cost will be in the region of £60,000. We hope to be able to complete this work during 2017.