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The Building Project

Building for the future at Bryn-y-groes

Extending our work through Increased flexibility and capacity

The Bryn-y-groes building project from EMW/MEC on Vimeo.


We are proposing to redevelop the centre by constructing a number of en-suite facilities in the existing bedrooms in the main building and demolishing the old annex building, which is at the end of its useful life, and building a new block in its place. This work is essential to ensure the future of Bryn-y-groes and to increase its capacity and flexibility, thereby extending the work of proclaiming the gospel and supporting Christians in Wales and beyond.

Building the new block will allow us to:

  • Offer respite and study opportunities to Christian workers in the new purpose built flat;
  • Increase our capacity to offer ground floor accommodation to disabled users of the centre;
  • Provide the option of having two groups using the centre at the same time;
  • Offer cheaper options to smaller churches and groups (including self-catering options);
  • Providing better facilities to existing users;
  • Increase the capacity of the centre for camps and conferences.

‘this Development will ensure that we can continue to serve Gospel work in Wales and beyond’

The plans for the new block in detail:

Ground floor facilities

  • Self-contained flat and kitchen
  • Disabled access en-suite bedroom
  • Lounge/meeting room
  • kitchen
  • Toilets

Top floor facilities

  • Seven fully en-suite bedrooms sleeping up to 40 people

The cost

  • £493,000

Preferred start date

  • September 2018

 

…providing a flat to be used as a retreat for Gospel workers will be so valuable’

Supporting the work

Will you pray?

    • As with all our ministries we place a big emphasis on prayer. We are confident that the work needs to go ahead, but we are fully dependent on God and his leading. Please join us in praying for wisdom and for the funding for the project. You can join the list to receive the prayer/newsletter through clicking

Will you give?

  • As with all the developments that have taken place at the centre over the years we are dependent on the wider Christian family to raise funds for the project. You can contribute towards the cost through this website (here) or by sending gifts to the EMW head office.

The Brochure

Latest Information – We’re going ahead in September 2018!

Currently the Lord has provided many gifts and pledges towards the estimated total cost of £650,000. In addition the EMW, in God’s goodness, is able to put a significant amount towards the project.

Details as of April 2018

  •  – Received: £151,930.16
  •  – Pledged: £81,500
  •  – estimate of Gift Aid: £7,130
  • Total £240,560.16 received towards the project

 

Latest news – Making a mess – so that we can make room for something better! 17 October 2018

We thank God for his care over us all in Bryn-y-groes over the summer.  The camps were under God’s blessing and care, and it was a pleasure for us to enjoy time with great teams of officers and leaders, with happy campers, and with our heroic volunteers.  The end of the summer was particularly busy for us as we emptied the Annexe in order to pave the way for the start of the building project, whilst still trying to serve our guests.  Thanks for all who came to help us.

We’re a month into the building project, and we’re still at the stage of making a mess!  The skilful machinists didn’t take long to demolish the old Annexe, and the concrete has now been crushed into small bits, which is being used to level parts of our grounds. The contractors are working diligently every day and are making good progress preparing the foundations. We’re excited at the prospect of being past the making a mess stage, and we’re looking forward to seeing the walls starting to be built.

Thankfulness:

  • For people who have supported the work by giving gifts, by praying and in practical ways.
  • Since starting the work lots of people have shared memories of past blessings linked with the old building.  We thank God for all that has been, and acknowledge the fact that the spiritual work is far more important than bricks and mortar.
  • For God’s faithfulness and unchanging character in times of change.

 

Prayer points:

  • That the work will be able to progress without delays, and within budget.
  • That the work won’t adversely affect the guests we’re expecting over the next weeks.  We’re looking forward to visits from various churches, Bangor and Aberystwyth Universities Christian Unions, and the ‘Good News’ Camp.
  • For Robert Adlam who is managing the project – he works very hard in shouldering the responsibility.
  • That gifts would continue to come towards the project fund.
  • That we would have wisdom as we will need to make practical decisions as the project progresses.
  • That we won’t focus too much on the building, and forget our wider ministry.
  • That we will be able to continue good relationships with our neighbours here at Bryn-y-groes during the building work.