Spread the Gospel !
Our current building was built in the 80s, in Le Mée-sur-Seine, during the urban planning of the new city of Melun-Sénart. It was designed to welcome roughly 150 people. Thanks to God, for the past 7 years, we have known a very encouraging growth in the number of attendees at our services. So much that we now need to push the walls! Nowadays, in the city of Melun and its whereabouts, there are only two evangelical churches for 110.000 inhabitants. We are convinced that there is room in this region for a greater church to shine thanks to its testimony and that of Gospel-centered lives. We are determined that our new building be a tool for the service of Jesus-Christ’s Gospel and our neighbourg.
After several failed attemps, a real opportunity is offered us : the construction of a 10,500 square foot building on a property of nearly 23,000 square feet, located only a hundred yards from our current building. It will be able to host more than 500 people and thus strengthen our testimony in the region of Melun.
The steps of this project
- Agreement and vote of the city council in June 2019
- Signature of the preliminary sale agreement for our current building in July 2019
- Handing out of the construction permit at the city hall in July 2019
- Signature of the emphyteutic lease and agreement for the construction permit in October 2019
- Fund raising from November 2019
- Kicking off of the construction in April 2020
- First worship service (God willing) in September 2021
The cost of this project
The forecasted cost of the project is 1,360,000€ (1,620,000$ or £1,167,000). The ground is rented to us by the city hall through a 99-year emphyteutic lease of one symbolic euro a year.
The funding of the project
During our previous unachieved construction project, we had raised roughly 230,000€ (256,000$ or £192,000) mainly from brothers and sisters from our Church of Le Mée, but also from friends and churches throughout France. All those offerings will be reinvested into our current project.
The sale of today’s building and a new fund raising campaign of 735,000€ (830,000$ or £635,000) will wind up our financing the futur construction. The big unknown of the equation is our resorting or not to a loan. Quite logically, our dream is to avoid subscribing to such a loan to be able to invest money into more ministries and to reinforce our pastoral team.
A few numbers
|Sale of current building||295.000 €||328,000$||£245,000|
|Available funds||230.000 €||256,000$||£192,000|
|Loan of the baptist church union (AEEBLF)||40.000 €||45,000$||£33,000|
|Loan of the Bank||400.000 €||476,000$||£343,000|
|Fund raising to come (within and outside our community)||395.000 €||470,000$||£339,000|