TAS Update — C3 Hobart
C3 Hobart – New Building
We bought a 3000m2 warehouse and redeveloped it in a way that met the needs of our church both now and also for the future. Located in South Hobart which is only 5 minutes from the centre of the City, our property is surrounded on all sides by beautiful cliffs, bush land and the iconic Hobart Rivulet which people walk along every day.
Our main facilities include a main auditorium with a capacity of 800, six age specific kids rooms that all open out onto a fenced playground, a large atrium (foyer) area with polished concrete floors for mingling after church, sitting in the cafe or browsing the store, offices, board room, and a second auditorium for 150 people.
The project took us two years and we received finance through the Baptist Financial Services (BFS), who have been great to deal with. We would highly recommend to any of our Church’s to approach them first as they really understand churches and they don’t have the same issues that banks have (such as being funded by people’s giving).
Since we moved in July 2011, we have seen fantastic growth. Much of this growth is attributed to the excitement of the new building, in that our members found a fresh and new energy to invite their friends “to come and see the new building” and then once people came to see it, the word started spreading. We have found that many visitors, who have been once or twice, then bring other friends back with them the next week.
Our building is also available for external hire and we have been quite surprised by the amount of interest shown in this already. Again, as people come and see it for the first time, they are quite amazed at the quality and uniqueness, and spread the word around our city. In fact most people you talk to in Hobart have heard about it within 6 months. The cafe is also open to the public during the week mainly marketed to mums to run play groups and meet for coffee while the kids can safely play on the playground. This is bringing in hundreds of people that we would have no access to otherwise.
Overall, the new building has and continues to transform our church, and all the blood, sweat and tears over the design and building phase were all worth it!
C3 Church Hobart