Turning Vision Into Reality
Calvary Christian Church began in 1924 when Charles Enticknap preached to a small group of people at a house in South Townsville, Australia. The first convert, Mrs Howell, gave the equivalent of $5,000 she had invested so that a tent could be purchased for church meetings.
Now, Calvary meets in eight cities across Australia and South Africa, while also reaching a growing community through Calvary Online. From the very beginning, the expansion of God’s work through Calvary has been resourced by generous giving.
Every year in Calvary, our Expansion Offering is a time of faith-filled joy as we express our love and trust in Jesus through financial generosity. It’s through our Expansion Offering that we experience:
- The joy of returning to the Lord that which He first gave us
- The joy of establishing ministry centres that become ‘home’ to countless thousands of people
- The joy of discovering God’s faithfulness as He rewards faith and pours back into our own lives
- The joy of leaving a legacy for future generations
For every person who calls Calvary ‘home’, we simply ask that you prayerfully prepare your heart for this year’s Expansion Offering on Sunday 20th June, just as we will be doing in our household. As we each do this, our generosity is joyful, Jesus’ is honoured and the generations are strengthened.
Dustan & Sarah Bell
Dear Calvary family,
In every city where God graces Calvary to have a campus, our desire is to own land and develop ministry facilities. It’s through our Expansion Offering that this vision becomes a reality.
It’s through owning land and developing ministry centres that Calvary is empowered to:
Establish a permanent, visible presence in each city
Have ministry hubs from which to influence entire regions
Facilitate mid-week ministry initiatives to reach and equip people at all life-stages
Leave a legacy for the next generation
Below is an update on our expansion projects across Calvary.
In Cairns, we have signed an unconditional contract for the purchase of a former five-cinema complex in the heart of Cairns CBD. Work will commence in July and include new air conditioning in facility and Sunday ready fit-out. Total project cost including purchase will be approx. $3 million.
In Townsville, our next stage of development is a Calvary Kids facility with capacity to accommodate 400 children per Sunday service in a state-of-the-art, fully equipped environment. Mid-week the Calvary Kids facility will house our ABV centre. Our goal is to have $1 million saved before project commencement, which is achievable in the coming twelve months.
In Emerald, construction has commenced on our new onsite indoor Café & Playcentre, which will be the only venue of its kind in this city. Midweek the café and playcentre facility will be open for the public and on Sundays it will greatly enhance the fellowship experience. Project cost is approx. $930,000, of which $150,000 was saved prior to commencement.
In Rockhampton, we have signed a lease and fitout agreement at Headricks Lane, one of the most iconic and popular venues in the heart of Rockhampton. Our new venue provides 600 sq. meters of floor space, age specific, air-conditioned Calvary Kids spaces and will also house midweek Calvary Leadership College courses. Construction has commenced with a view to Sunday services kicking off in our new venue in July 2021.
In Yeppoon, we own a significant parcel of land just minutes from the centre of Yeppoon. Over the last twelve months, Calvary has engaged engineers to produce a feasibility report which will form part of our development application for the construction of a new church auditorium on this block.
On the Sunshine Coast, we completed a $2.7 million facility upgrade in 2019 and since then, $800,000 of this project has been paid off. To prepare for growth, we’ve identified two important steps forward. Firstly, the expansion and fit out of staff and volunteer spaces, including a studio and communications hub. Secondly, the construction of new Calvary Kids facilities serving up to 350 children per service, providing a fully equipped learning environment commensurate with our auditorium capacity.
On the Gold Coast, we meet in leased facilities at the Life Development Centre. Our dream is to own land and develop facilities on the Gold Coast, empowering Calvary to have a lasting impact in this key South-East QLD urban centre.
In East London, South Africa, we’re blessed with a significant parcel of land and debt-free 1,200 seat auditorium. We see a future Calvary precinct occupying multiple city blocks, becoming the hub from which Calvary expands into Africa. In the last 12 months we have purchased a neighbouring property and increased our secure onsite carparking. Architects and town planners have been engaged to acquire planning permissions and land sale agreements as we continue to move toward our master plan.
On behalf of our Board and team, thank you for your faith, commitment and generosity. Together we are making a difference now and for the generations to come. For more information about expansion projects and giving, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ve signed an unconditional contract for the purchase of a former five cinema complex in the heart of Cairns CBD. Our new Cairns home has 4,500 sq meters floor space, dedicated children’s ministry facilities, room for 600 people per service, plus large café and fellowship spaces, Fit out commences in July and will cost approximately $400,000, with the aim to commence Sunday services in the building by October.
Architects have been engaged to develop concept plans for construction of a Calvary Kids facility which will host up to 400 children per service, in an air-conditioned and play-based environment. To make this vision a reality, our goal is to have $1 million saved toward the project cost prior to commencement. It’s within our reach to accomplish this in the next twelve months, positioning Calvary Townsville to kick start the project in mid 2022.
O LORD our God, from Your hand comes all this abundance that we have provided to build You a house for Your holy Name, and all of it belongs to You … and now I have seen Your people who are present here giving joyfully and willingly to You.
1 Chronicles 29:16-17