Give to grow

All you’d like to know about our
2019 Building Redevelopment Project

In 2016, just 9 months after The Well launched publicly, we agreed the purchase of our iconic building in the heart of Ecclesall Road. We sacrificially gave £250,000 and took a £500,000 mortgage to ensure it remains a church, against bids to turn it into shops, bars and apartments.

Today we are a beacon to our neighbourhood and the nations, a place for people to meet the living God in power and in presence. In the past 3½ years our church family has grown continually. 

We’re growing together in strong community, we’re growing in purpose and in ways to love and serve our city. 

When we come together we are vibrant and busy: our Sundays gatherings are inspiring, we welcome many dozens of children, youth and students. We love how God has drawn all-ages and so many nationalities into family together. 

Our building is used most days in a big variety of ways – and sometimes we’re pushed for space.

the story so far

The Well is a people and a place that is spiritually hungry for the ‘more’ of God. We are experiencing God’s goodness and we’re fired-up with a passion to be good news to our city of Sheffield.


the time is now

The time is now to invest in our building to grow our capacity. 

So far we’ve invested money to purchase and make essential upgrades to get our 115 year-old building safe, usable and feel like ‘home’. 

Now we have the opportunity to improve the interior layout and facilities in a way that will dramatically increase our capacity and comfort. We aim for a welcoming building with multi-purpose spaces not only for our church activities/groups, but to rent-out to our surrounding neighbourhood so as to help resource local community life.

During 2018 we commissioned a local architects’ firm to draw up redevelopment plans, and we consulted with you to hear of our people’s comments or concerns. Then we tightened our options to come up with a realistic project, both for cost and scope. 

You can view the plans at our ‘Good to Grow’ webpage: 

Our redevelopment will be in several phases:


Phase 1a

  • Upper Hall & Café Area redevelopment

Phase 1b

  • Install efficient modern heating system for Sanctuary & side rooms/Lower Hall

Phase 2

  • Refurbish Sanctuary area (after 2019)



Upper Hall & Café Area Redevelopment - Summer 2019



  • Better layout, new kitchen and office

  • Fold-back wall to create an optional overflow from sanctuary

  • Welcome area

  • Improve ‘flow’ of people

  • Improve toilets



  • Capacity for 100

  • New flexible meeting rooms

  • Sound proofed floor

  • Acoustic & thermal insulation

  • Disabled toilet and kitchenette



We have already secured an amazing £63,000 grant from Veolia towards Phase 1a, and are applying for other grants. We have around £165,000 available from savings and previous donations towards our building fund.  [NOTE] The figures below include VAT and are the estimated costs for the project, subject to change.



Refurbishment Costs Phase 1a: £375,000
Main Boiler Replacement Cost Phase 1b: £42,000

TOTAL: £417,000

funding sources

Well Church Savings: £165,000
Veolia Grant (secured): £63,000
Other Grants (potential): £19,000

Sub-total: £247,000




our target

We have a target to raise £170,000 towards the total costs of Phase 1, by summer 2019.

You are invited to invest financially in this ground-breaking project that will benefit The Well and our neighbourhood for a generation to come.

You may have been part of The Well at our launch in 2015, or joined more recently. Whatever your stage we want to invite you to step out of your comfort zone into what will continue to be a thrilling journey of prayer, perseverance and joy. 

This is your chance to give and invest in the ‘family home’.

Each person in The Well can play a part. We can all pray. We can all give something, big or small.


“Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly.

And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have.”

- 2 Corinthians 8:12





Please pray and consider what sum God is asking you to give. Talk it over with trusted friends or with the church leadership team if that’s helpful. Let’s approach this opportunity in expectation that God will provide, and let’s decide to be generous.



We shall return our pledges in joy and thankfulness.



Final time to transfer your cash gift. Building work starts around June.


You can give at ANY TIME before or after these dates, or make a future pledge outside of our timeframe, just let Steve Essam, our Treasurer know:


Account number: 80552453 | Sort Code: 40-41-57 | Your Reference: “Goodtogrow” | HSBC Bank, Carmel House, 49-63 Fargate, Sheffield, S1 2HD

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“The point is this:

whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows

bountifully will also

reap bountifully.”

- 2 Corinthians 9:6


“And they came, everyone whose heart stirred him, and

everyone whose spirit moved him, and brought the Lord’s contribution to be used for the tent of meeting, and for all its service.”

- Exodus 35:21

Thank you for being a part of The Well family in this way!

May God bless you richly.