Another quick update on our search for a more permanent home for Grace Church. We've continued praying and pushing doors, though so far all are remaining firmly closed. Peel Holdings say there is nothing suitable for us in their portfolio of land and properties. And so last week we contacted an estate agent about the acre and a half of land on the corner of Hayfield Lane and First Avenue to ask if they had any details of the site and a potential guide price.
It's an acre and half which is compose of an old car park and some wild grass land and trees all in an L-shape. It's much bigger in many ways than we need but would allow us to provide the community with a park and outside play area which it is currently lacking, and provide scope for our youth work as there is no local park to do things at. It is also one of the few sites available for sale. Maybe I was being naive but I was utterly shocked by the reply I received. In terms of guide price we were told that they were looking for offers in excess of a £1,000,000. That seems to be the going rate for land in and around this area, due in part to the development at the airport and the existing and upcoming airport link roads.
How are we reacting to this? Well, some people have said that kills any thoughts of pursuing that piece of land, others have said maybe we should start fundraising, our God is sovereign after all. We need to take some time to stop and pray and think though exactly what it is we want to do and what is feasible. We are a small church, working in a predominantly not wealthy area, though with new estates rising rapidly, and more proposed for the near future, that is beginning to change. What is feasible? What is right? And what our vision is? Seem to be key things we need to stop, pray and think through. As ever we'd value your prayers.