We have been in these facilities since 1981 and it has served us well, but 40+ years on, the building is looking tired and it's not meeting current compliance standards. The renovation will enable us to engage and serve our community better, and provide a welcoming space for us to enjoy fellowship and worship.
The previous plan to rebuild had an estimated cost of $12M. Under this plan the church would then have to service an $8M debt. It was felt that this would be unsustainable for Camberwell Salvos - as monthly repayments would be in the tens of thousands of dollars. The financial burden would significantly impact upon the mission of this church.
The expected cost of the project renovation is $4.6M as at July 2021. Funds have been secured from the sale of the former quarters in Radnor Street and additional grants from Headquarters.
The tender period closed at the start of June, with four companies submitting applications. Since then, the Property Control Group (PCG) have been working through tender documents; aiming to match 'like for like' before a recommendation is forwarded to Executive Management Council for approval by the Chief Secretary.
Property renovations are, at this stage, expected to begin late July 2022 with an anticipated completion in the early months of 2023.
This was obviously a huge decision and there was much to consider, but it came down to one thing; we wanted a place where we could all be together.
During the renovation, our temporary 'home away from home' will be Eva Burrows College - the national training centre for The Salvation Army.
Located at 100 Maidstone Street, Ringwood, the college offers a range of facilities including an auditorium where our 10am Sunday service will happen plus additional rooms which children's ministries and corps cadets can utilise.
The final meeting at Camberwell Corps will take place on Sunday, 10 July 2022. We will commence our tenure at Eva Burrows College on Sunday, 24 July 2022.
When we are at Eva Burrows College there will be opportunity to take advantage of our location and join with friends from Ringwood Corps for combined worship once a month. Discussions between Ringwood and Camberwell leadership have been positive, resulting in the following Sunday’s where we will come together at Ringwood Salvation Army instead of worship at our temporary EBC residency:
- 17 July
- 14 August
- 18 September
- 16 October
- 13 November
- 11 December
Throughout our time togther at the college we'll be planning some Sunday afternoon social events that will happen in this lovely setting.
An introductory video to Eva Burrows College has been recorded for your interest. Click here to view it.
There is plenty of free car parking at Eva Burrows College.
The lower carpark (main entrance at 100 Maidstone Street) has plenty of bays available for those for whom mobility is not an issue; with stairs and longer walking paths to the auditorium. The upper carpark (enter at 130 Maidstone Street) is better suited for the elderly in our congregation and those who require a shorter distance to walk to the auditorium - approximately 100 metres.
We hope to run a mini bus service on Sunday mornings before and after the meeting from 4 Athelstan Road for people without accessible transport. You will need to register for this option - please see either Darren or Yvette before July 3.
An alternative option to the mini bus service is for people who are travelling from similar areas to come together and car pool. Please consider reaching out to each other and begin to make arrangements.
We have been advised that there is no internet to the Eva Burrows College auditorium, which will have implications for live streaming.
We are exploring alternative recording options to a 'live' setting until an internet solution is resolved by the college/Army's IT department. We will confirm these alternative arrangements closer to our move to EBC.
The general office space will operate from a temporary portable which will be positioned towards the Athelstan Road end of the carpark entrance. The officer team - Darren and Kate - along with Yvette, Julie, Meg and Steph will work from there during the week.
Our Doorways team will conduct emergency relief and financial counselling from another temporary portable at the Athelstan Road end of the carpark on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with interviews by appointment only between 9:30am and 12:00noon.
We are delighted the community takeaway meals program will continue to operate during renovations from Camberwell Baptist Church located at 460 Riversdale Road, Hawthorn East. This will occur on Fridays from 12:00noon to 1:00pm (except public holidays), and again on Sunday from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.
There will be no change to the House Church ministry in Ashburton.
OTHER WEEKLY ACTIVITIES
We have been able to confirm arrangements for the following church activities:
- Brass Band rehearsal - Eva Burrows College
- Explorers & Corps Cadets - Eva Burrows College
- Just Brass - Ashburton Primary School
- VINE Youth - Surrey Hills Corps
- Exercises Class (community services program) - Camberwell Baptist Church
Companion Club will not be meeting in-person during property renovations.
Initially, it was hoped both administration and Doorways team could operate from the house at the rear of our property. Unfortunately, the house is not work-safe, and will only be used as storage during property renovations. Some of you will be aware that there have been plans to demolish 'Number 4' but if that goes ahead, it will be delayed until the end of the project.