A. Brief History
In 2004, God gave us a vision of having our own church building. At the annual congregational meeting that followed, such a vision was clearly confirmed by the congregation. Of the members present, 96% voted ‘yes’ to the motion of church building, which was seen as a clear confirmation of God’s will. The church building project committee was convened soon after to look for a suitable property and to raise funds.
In 2005, a potential property was located in Auburn. We spent the next two years trying very hard to obtain approval for our development application. In the end, we had to let go of this property because it had insufficient car spaces to meet the requirements of Auburn Council.
In 2008, our current Lidcombe site came to our attention. The Presbytery and the Trustees of the General Assembly expediently approved our acquisition. Miraculously, our development application (including the change of usage of our current site from ‘industrial purposes’ to ‘a place of worship’) was granted by Auburn Council within a very short time.
In 2009, the church building project committee was restructured. We also modified the building plan and re-submitted the development application which was approved soon afterwards. The cost of the entire project was revised upwards to $4million after receiving bids for the construction tender and later to $4.25 million.
In 2010, we accepted the tender from a building firm. Angus Law was appointed as the project manager and Tim Fok was the site manager. On 21st March, we had the ‘ground breaking’ ceremony. Construction work commenced in late April.
In September 2011, we obtained the occupation certificate. In late October, we relocated to the current site. On the first Sunday of November, we held our first worship service in Lidcombe.
On 24th March 2012, we held a Lidcombe church building thanksgiving service to acknowledge our blessings and give praise to God for the site.
B. God’s Grace
1. Church building committee members and other church leaders believe wholeheartedly that it is not by our own power nor by might but by the Spirit of God that the church building project has been accomplished. God has convicted friends of our church to support our cause to the magnitude of over $800,000.
2. Brothers and sisters of our church have also given sacrificially towards the church building project. The faith pledge system has taught us to trust God firmly and to experience the joy and grace of giving. Church members have given over $1 million.
3. Since relocating to Lidcombe, the Chinese and English congregations have had more opportunities to interact with one another on Sunday mornings. This has improved understanding and communication between congregations. Coincidentally, the first combined service held at Lidcombe was the commissioning service for our first missionary. The combined service was jointly organised by the Chinese and English congregations, and a missionary organisation. This signalled a positive beginning to the Chinese and English congregations partnering in gospel ministry.
4. Having established our headquarters, brothers and sisters have been keen to bring their families and friends to the church. This has resulted in an increase in the number of people worshipping with us.
1. Ability and wisdom to raise funds so that we can quickly pay off the different loans, especially the bank loan, and reduce our interest payments. Details of our loans are:
a) Bank Loan: ($1,260,000, 15 years term since 2009)
b) Trustees of the General Assembly ($200,000, 10 years term since 2009)
c) Loan from church members ($251,000)
2. Ability to manage the Lidcombe site so that its usage is maximised to extend God’s kingdom.
3. Proper maintenance of the Lidcombe site so that its value is maintained, or even appreciates.
D. Giving to support the church building project can be made by:
a) Direct deposit to our bank account:
Account Name: GracePoint Chinese Presbyterian Church
Bank: Westpac Banking Corporation
Account Number: 032-000 206603
b) Cheque made payable to “GracePoint Chinese Presbyterian Church” and marked “church building project” on the back.