The Church Centre
When the present Church Centre was built, the decision was taken to remain in Carrs Lane, not because of its historic name, but because the Church wanted to provide a Centre which could be of value to those coming into the city centre to work, to shop, or to meet.
Ever since 1970 we have endeavoured to provide a friendly and efficient level of service to all organisations, large or small, who hire our rooms. Over this time we have continued to update the facilities, which are now much better than in 1970; but without deluxe frills so that we can continue to offer good value to voluntary organisations. And the number of bookings has increased considerably, as has the staff we need to run the Centre!
The Centre is open to the public Monday to Saturday, from 9.00 to 5.30;
also for booked evening meetings only, from Monday to Friday;
and for church services on Sunday.
A wide variety of organisations from across the city, the region, and the country use the premises. Some are religious; Christians of many denominations (it is frequently used for ecumenical events and gatherings) and those of other faiths. Others are self-help groups, civic and community organisations, and political, business and other interests. The rooms are used for services, talks, training, music, committees etc., etc.
As it is a Church Centre, there are the simple Christian symbols of a cross and a font in the main Church Room, and various notices. Otherwise, users will find the Centre to be much like other venues.
A lot of effort goes into running the Church Centre. A team of three people look after room booking, reception, invoicing and receipt of payments.
Three caretakers and two part-time cleaners see that the rooms are set out with seating and equipment to the exact requirements of each user, and are kept clean and tidy. A room can have three different users in a day, which is why we ask you to vacate the room promptly at the end of your session so it can be prepared for the next user, or the caretakers can lock up at the end of the evening. The caretakers are always on hand to ensure the security of the building; they also do some maintenance work.
Our catering assistant delivers buffets and refreshments to the meetings who have ordered them (and clears up afterwards!)
The three-person management team deal with purchases and accounts, health and safety, building and equipment maintenance, and future developments and improvements including disability and environmental considerations; as well as coping with all the practical issues which frequently arise, and the many Centre users and casual visitors who need information or a little help.
The Church Centre Manager is supported by a Management Committee, consisting of suitably experienced church members, which meets regularly to review progress and plan for the future.
Where does the Centre’s income from room and equipment hire, and catering, go? Analysis of a recent Church Centre annual budget showed that it was expected to be:
|Administration and management||34%|
|Caretaking and cleaning||29%|
|Office and miscellaneous costs||12%|
|Light, heat, water, and waste disposal||10%|
|Building maintenance and updates||6%|
Which means that it was not expected to contribute significantly to church funds!