After receiving the City planning and the Building permissions in September 2002, the congregation chose a construction company to build the shell of the church centre ( - that is, the walls and roof, Phase 1). A contract was signed with the construction company 'Teltras' which also includes an agreement that in case of insufficient funding being available, either the company itself would arrange a loan for us, or the construction would be interrupted at no additional cost. 'Teltras' started work on the site in November 2002. The shell of the building should be finished in July 2003 at a cost of EURO 433,333.
The completion of the building (Phase 2) will follow as soon as possible, provided funding is available (estimated at EURO 452,000).
On 30th March 2003 the congregation celebrated the laying of the foundation stone on the site - in fact, already within the walls of what will be the church. This was an opportunity to introduce our intentions and the work in progress to the public and to official representatives from the central church offices of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren, the local Roman Catholic church of St. Francis of Assisi and from other churches, and from the local and city authorities, all of whom were present at the ceremony. Dr Friedhelm Borggrefe, a Minister with experience of urban mission from the 'Evangelische Kirche der Pfalz' in Germany, was invited to preach on this special occasion.
Before construction could begin, some trees had to be felled on the site. The local government required that the felled trees be replaced by planting two lime and six maple trees in the neighbourhood. This was done in April 2003 at the cost of EURO 2,170. The trees are about 8ft tall and are a beautiful addition to the greenery in the streets.
To meet the costs of the construction of the shell of the building, the congregation has decided to sell its present premises. The prospective buyer is a congregation of a small church, the 'Christian Congregations', who will pay EURO 183,333 on completion of the sale. It is hoped that our regular Sunday services will take place in the common room of the 'The Walking Together Centre' next to the new church, and that we will be allowed meantime to rent the former church for weekday meetings and Sunday evening services. Negotiations are in progress and the congregation hopes that the sale will be completed in June 2003.
We are extremely pleased to report that the planned extension and improvements of 'The Walking Together Centre' are close to completion, thanks to financial assistance from the local council and a Czech company.
As we look to the future we hope that by setting out on this journey we will eventually realise all our hopes and achieve the goals which we have set ourselves.