Next Monday works starts on all the changes to the Kerith Centre Reception. I wanted to quickly let you know what this is going to mean for the 5 weeks (Monday 25th July to Friday 26th August) which the building work is going to take.
The main thing to say is that the Kerith Centre will be open throughout the building work. People coming midweek will need to buzz at the side door - there will be signs to direct them. Foodbank will still operate, based in the auditorium by the kitchen.
On Sundays 31st July, 7th, 14th and 21st August the main doors will be open as usual from 8.30am. In the evenings the main doors will be open from 6.15pm, 15 minutes later than normal. Temporary walls will block off working areas, and we will have access to the auditorium, the toilets and the balcony via the main doors and through reception.
Discover Kerith will operate as usual on Sunday mornings. On Sunday evenings, the sofas will be in the auditorium rather than in reception. Let's all especially look out for visitors in order to explain to them what is happening.
For Sunday servers - you will be hearing about special arrangements from Sue Ranger affecting welcome teams, reception and drinks servers. Worship and tech teams - look out for information from Helen Cottee and Colin Boyle. If you are serving and arrive before the building has been unlocked please go to the main doors and wait to be let in. The corridor past the toilets leading to the side door will be blocked off on Sundays, so you cannot buzz at the side door to be let in.
On Sundays, anyone needing to use accessible toilet will need to go over to K2. Welcome team will be on hand to help you go over there if you need that. Other ground floor toilets will be open in the Kerith Centre.
Drinks will be only be served from the kitchen on Sundays - before and after all 3 meetings - with evening coffee bar at the kitchen. Even if you are going to sit in the balcony, come and grab a drink from the kitchen first. There won't be a drinking water point in Reception.
There will be a temporary reception desk on Sundays, with friendly receptionists still there to help you, and a limited temporary literature stand. The Bookshop will re-open on September 4th.
Parking will be unaffected on Sundays. However anyone coming to the Kerith Centre midweek, please be aware that parking may be limited as there will be many delivery vehicles coming and going. K2 will be reserved for parking for the respite Holiday Club. If you normally use the site to park and walk into town, please try and avoid doing that during building work.
I hope that all makes sense. The bottom line is that we are going to try and make it "business as usual" as far as possible. If you do have any questions then you are best off directing them to Penny Lander, who is doing a great job of managing the whole process.
I'm so looking forward to September when we'll get to enjoy all the new facilities!