2Cost of living … New Volvo 144 motor car - £1,353 3 Bed semi-detached house - £4,344‘Futuristic’ twin-tub washing machine - £52Petrol - 31p/gallon or 6.8p/litreLoaf of bread - 7pPint of milk - 4p1st class stamp - 2p, 2nd class 1.5p3lb 12oz Norfolk Chicken - 53p
540 years of witnessCompulsory Purchase Order on the 2 mission halls in Vine StreetObjections raisedObjections withdrawnDiscussions with Local Authority for a new site and plans drawn upCompensation agreed!Foundation Stone laid 24th June 1967Dedication of the new church 25th May 19682nd regeneration of Hulme commenced 1990sWe are still here!
6The cost …? Initial estimate £15,000 - £20,000 Revised estimate £37,250Actual cost £48,000Compensation received £40,000RDV gifts received £8,041Fund closed 31 December 1969Average running costs estimated as £20/week
8What were we doing in the late 1960s? Regular missionary weekends: Africa Evangelical Fellowship, European Christian Mission, Unevangelised Fields Mission, Overseas Missionary Fellowship, Open Air MissionMissionary news on the first Sunday of the monthMissionary Working CircleCapernwray studentsWeek of evangelism – 60 took part
9What were we doing in the late 1960s? Band of KindnessWomen's GuildChurch outing to Harrogate/Fountains AbbeyFellowship evening – choir, holiday photos, social occasionAmplification and problems with the heating!Spring cleaningChanging the time of the morning service to 10.45am!
10Youth activitiesCampaigners celebrated 25 years at Union Hall - Boy & Girl Junos, Boy & Girl Inters, Mixed CraftsmenScripture Union Bible ContestHoliday specialChildren’s Christian Crusade November 1968Children’s midweek meeting
14Youth activities Cradle Roll Sunday Sunday School picnics: 41 Beginners (Wythenshawe Park) 40 Primary (West Kirby) 43 Intermediates (St Annes) 22 Young People (Harlech & Portmadoc)YP weekend at Beechwood Court – 35 teenagers + 10 staff
15Membership Baptisms 90 on church roll 77 active members From the minutes of 9th October 1968:“The Pastor told the church that a trial filling of the baptistery would take place at the weekend and warned friends not to fall in.”
16The New ChurchFittings are being installed and finishing-touches applied, and our new Church begins to look very attractive. Furniture has been occupying the attention of the Redevelopment Committee during recent weeks and great care is being exercised in order not to overspend our budget. In view of this, priority is being observed as to what is essential, and some items may have to wait until the means are available, but we feel sure friends will agree that this is the wiser course of action.
17The New ChurchWe gratefully acknowledge further gifts towards equipment, and would especially mention the provision of the Communion Table given by his parents in memory of a young man who attended Union Hall whilst a student at the University and who lost his life in a car accident - Mr. David Dyer. It seems a long time since this project was first started, but looking back we see how wonderfully the Lord has undertaken for us all along the way. Surely He hath done great things for us whereof we are glad.
18The New ChurchWe are sure that when the whole story is told we will have cause for praise to God for His provision. Meanwhile let us remember the remaining financial needs in our prayers.
19We do indeed PRAISE GOD for His gracious provision of this building and for His faithfulness to us. We trust Him to continue to use this building for His glory and the extension of His Kingdom.