In 2014, St Ebbe’s began to consider how to enable growth in the church within its limited space. The Lord led us to recommit to ministry in the city centre which enables us to serve students, the local community and an eclectic gathered church family from around the whole city. We were able to install a gallery and purchase the Pennyfarthing building, which has given us more space for the church to gather and children’s and small groups to meet. We were also able to remodel the kitchen, greatly enhancing our ability to serve people across all our ministries.
In his abundant grace, God provided for the URC building in Cowley to be purchased, enabling Grace Church to be planted in September 2019. In his perfect knowledge and wisdom, planting Grace Church Cowley and the extra space of the gallery and Pennyfarthing has enabled ministry to survive and even thrive through the covid pandemic. Praise him!
In the original ‘Building for Growth’ plans, in addition to the gallery, Pennyfarthing and kitchen improvements, there was a further aim: to purchase the Rectory. The PCC is proposing that now is a wise time to secure this building for ongoing gospel service.
The Rectory is a house provided by the Church of England for the Rector to live in. The St Ebbe’s Rectory is attached to the Church Centre, next to the church, on Roger Bacon Lane. Our current Rector, Vaughan Roberts, has never lived in the Rectory, due to its unsuitable nature.