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St John’s Services & Events – new venues due to closure of St John’s

Sundays at 9.15am
St Mary’s Church, Totnes
Whilst St John’s is closed for repairs and refurbishments, the Sunday service normally held at St John’s at 9.30am is being held in St Mary’s Church, Totnes, at 9.15am, followed by coffee in St Mary’s Church Hall.

Mondays from 10am to 12noon in school term times
Totnes Boating Association
The group, run by St John’s Church, is being held at the above venue while St John’s is closed.

Opening dates and times during September
for updates, please see Events page 
Totnes Boating Association
“A place of friendship and fellowship to the community.”
• the Café runs on a pay what you feel basis
• in early 2018, Bishop Robert visited “the café that’s making a real difference” – view a video

Sunday 9th September 6.30pm to 8pm
Totnes Boating Association
Is there Absolute Truth?

“A new way of thinking about being the Christian Church. This informal and relaxed service exists for people who don’t belong to a church, and facilitates real and honest conversations about the biggest issues of life.”
• Open to all. No strings attached. Every voice welcomed
• see the Events page for further dates and themes

Sunday 30th September from 6.30pm to 7.15pm
Dartington Church Hall

Psalm 23
A continuing initiative of St Mary’s and St John’s churches, an opportunity for alternative and creative worship.
• all welcome
• download a poster

WINDOWS of OPPORTUNITY • project progress reports
latest update:
photos from Week 6 added (please scroll right down)

WEEK 1:  On Monday 23rd July we handed over the keys for St John’s Church building to Bovey Construction.  By the end of the month the construction compound had been put up, and the East Block (which will become our new kitchen and toilets) was completely gutted ready for the new internal layout.
[click the photos to view them full size]

above: Reverend Steve Jones handing over the keys to Matthew Gibbens, Bovey Construction Project Managerabove: the Handover Group on the first dayabove: Bovey Construction’s site compound and recognition of Heritage Lottery Fund funding for the Windows of Opportunity project at St John’s Church

WEEK 2:  Week commencing 30th July, the scaffolders have started erecting the access scaffold on the east elevation to allow the new windows to be fitted and our rainwater goods to be partially renewed. Internal drainage works are also in progress. It feels like the project has gotten off to a really good start.

above & below: scaffolding being erected to the east elevation for access to windows and roof, and for security of the site above: old kitchen and toilets removed ready for new drainage works and servery wall opening to right (marked out in pencil on wall)

WEEK 3:  Week commencing 6th August, real progress has been made this week on internal alterations to the old toilet and kitchen block. The servery opening has been formed and new drainage works are being installed. Scaffolding is now complete on the west side of the church, and with full access now available work can start on removing the first two windows next week – at last!

above and below: old kitchen and toilet block alterations in progress with servery opening viewed from inside the new kitchen and from the foyer area 
above and below: scaffold on the west side of the church now complete – site secure and safe access to all windows and rainwater goods now possible

above: rainwater goods accessible for inspection from east scaffold

WEEK 4:  Week commencing 13th August – kitchen works progressing, office plumbing being investigated, windows on east and west sides being removed and opening protected.

WEEK 5:  Week commencing 20th August – kitchen plumbing works, window sections delivery, first window installed above east entrance.

WEEK 6:  Week commencing 27th August

above: partition walls between new toilets and kitchen in progress

above: metal window sections and glazing for 5 windows on east side of church

above & below: East elevation: first floor new window fitted (kitchen end) and last old window (fire escape end) being removed

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