Buckner Baptist Church, located in East London, has entered the second year of its five-year capital campaign. The campaign involves renovating its building. It was launched a few years ago and some major renovations have already started.
For starters, the church is getting a face-lift, which is needed because it is over 100 years old. New siding is going to be installed too. These improvements will definitely improve the church’s appearance.
The chairman of the campaign, Brian McMahon, spoke about the developments. He said he and the rest of the committee were excited and pleased with the progress. One of the things they were excited about was the roof, which was redone with brand new shingles.
Other major improvements that will be made include the heating system being replaced and there will be security upgrades made. This involves alarm upgrades and to this end we have invited to tender various alarm installation companies, and a have signed a contract with a company for roller shutter repairs in London.
Parking improvements will be done too. So will improvements to the cemetery.
The original amount that the committee wanted to raise was £250,000 but they exceeded that goal. Besides this, the second year goal was already met too. However, the goal was raised to half-a-million pounds. A number of people have pledged money.
As of now, nearly 40 kind donors have pledged money, and the amounts pledged have varied. McMahon said he and the committee were thankful for the pledges and they were thankful for the community. Additionally, they said they were also thankful to those who have give a one-off donation.
Besides pledges, the cost of renovations have been covered by fundraisers. In fact, the Iveering Festival donates a few thousand pounds per year and so does funds raised from the Annual Golf Tournament. These are only a few of the many who are doing this.
There has also been an anonymous donor. This donor has pledges over £100,000 to the campaign. As of now, the project has received over £40,000 of this amount and this will increase as time goes by. Once completed, the church will look far better and hopefully attract more people to it.