The Derwent Project

We thank God for the long and fruitful history of the Keswick Convention that has sought to inspire and equip Christians to love and live for Christ in His World. With the Lord’s blessing and your support in 2015 we took another exciting step through the purchase of the former Pencil Factory in Keswick.

This launched the Derwent Project, the refurbishment of the site to create a platform that extends our Ministry. It will provide a new integrated home for future Conventions, a venue for more regular teaching and training ministry, and a resource for churches across the region and beyond. In short, a beacon of Christian refreshment and sending out.

We hoped it would also bring together people involved in the wider Keswick Fellowship and serve the local community. And it’s great to see that it’s now happening! – Jonathan Lamb, Minister-at-large, Keswick Ministries

Our Goals

1

To secure the future of the three-week summer Convention on an integrated site in the centre of the town of Keswick.

2

To establish a new centre of operations for Keswick Ministries’ team

3

To expand the scope of Keswick Ministries by providing a conference facility for a range of activities at other times of the year, including training programmes and Bible-teaching events.

4

To make the conference facility available to churches in the UK and beyond, particularly serving Cumbria and the North (including Scotland). Also as a facility for the local community.

The Derwent Project story so far

Since 2015, thanks to God’s guidance and provision through committed supporters like you we have already achieved a great deal:
We own the Pencil Factory (PF), have moved our offices from Skiddaw   Street to the Rawnsley Centre and have planning permission for the refurbishment of the site.

How progress so far:

  • The main building has been stripped out
  • New concrete floor laid
  • New insulation and rendering to the front of the building
  • New footpath and landscaping
  • New entrance and access from Rawnsley created
  • Insulated roof
  • New windows in the front of the building
  • Power supply installed across the site

Last year, for the first time, children and youth groups were able to use the areas on the ground floor of the pencil factory building for their activities during the Convention.

Local community groups have also started using some of the space in the pencil factory.

Next steps for completing the Derwent Project

Our next step is for phase 1 refurbishment work which will involve heating and lighting, plumbing and drainage for the building. Installation of toilets and the creation of a number of spaces and new meeting rooms on the ground floor for use during the Convention.

The refurbished space will be used all year around by children’s and youth groups, by local church groups and for training and conferences.

 

The Derwent Project has such potential to touch so many more lives and for some that might even mean to follow in the footsteps of others like Amy Carmichael or Taylor Hudson, for whom the Convention played a significant part in them taking the gospel to 1000’s of people abroad. The opportunities are endless.
– John Taylor, Trustee, Keswick Ministries

The fundraising challenge

Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you and some Christian Trusts we now own the site and have enough money to get the next phase of work started.

However, the project can only move forward to completion with your continued support. With more funding we can do more.

We particularly need funding for windows, stairs, heating and hot water and a staircase to open up the rooms for more groups. Your donations will help us put in a new lift to provide disabled access throughout the building.

How can you help?

If you are as excited as we are about the Derwent Project and its potential to multiply the impact of our ministry in the UK and around the world, will you make a generous gift today?

A one-off gift of £100, £250, £500, £1,000 or more could enable us to make significant progress towards our goal of holding the Convention in 2020 in one integrated site – giving us the opportunity to worship God together.

A monthly gift of £70, £50, £25 or whatever you can share… can ensure that we complete the refurbishment of the former Pencil Factory beyond 2020 and turn it into a vibrant home where you, your family and your church can receive spiritual refreshment and Bible teaching and training all year around.

Three reasons why you should donate to the Derwent Project...

1

To give more Christians of all ages opportunities to worship, study God’s Word and encourage each other during the Convention and throughout the year.

2

To inspire future generations of children and young people to follow Jesus, to love the Bible and to grow strong in their faith.

3

To ensure that church leaders, mission workers and Christians from all walks of life benefit from more training events and resources developed by Keswick Ministries.

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