Church Growth Trust (CGT) are delighted to have been recently gifted Hebron Hall in Stockton-on-Tees. For many years Stewards Company Ltd has held different mission and church properties in the UK and overseas. A few years ago, the company agreed it would be beneficial for the occupying UK churches if these were held by property Trusts that had the expertise and were more focused on property and trusteeship issues; hence them transferring this property to CGT.
Prior to Hebron Hall being transferred, Giles Arnold (CGT’s Chief Executive) met with the church to discuss CGT’s involvement. He also carried out a condition survey to highlight works that needed doing urgently, over the next 12 months and over the next few years, giving an idea of the costs for these. CGT’s architect also produced sketch plans to show how the building could be better used and meet the requirements of the Fire Regulations.
As Graham Edwards from Hebron enthuses, “It is good to have Church Growth Trust involved, as they are genuinely concerned for us as a church, and their property expertise and architectural guidance is already a great help to us. We look forward to a long and happy relationship, as we have had with Stewards Company in the past”.
As Giles states, “the church have kept the property in really good order, which is a credit to them. We are hoping to help them as they improve it further. They have a very active work in the community, particularly with the Foodbank, and are keen to grow as they reach more people with the Gospel. We look forward to working with them in the future. Another exciting aspect with taking on this property is that it is our the northern-most property we hold!”