Sheffield pastor’s joy at church house transformation

(l-r) Joshua, 10 weeks, Shan, Chris Jeavons, and Grace, three inside their newly renovated lounge at the church house behind Spa View Community Church. Picture: Andrew Roe

(l-r) Joshua, 10 weeks, Shan, Chris Jeavons, and Grace, three inside their newly renovated lounge at the church house behind Spa View Community Church. Picture: Andrew Roe

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A community came together to completely transform part of a Sheffield church as part of a makeover kicked off by a former Blades footballer.

Footballer-turned-builder and pastor Phil Starbuck headed up a team which started to revamp the church house at Spa View Community Church, Hackenthorpe, in July last year.

Most of the materials were donated by generous companies and tradesmen – just like TV’s DIY SOS.

The five-day project was the first for Phil’s charity, New 4 Old – with the house starting to be transformed into a family home for church leaders Chris and Shan Jeavons.

A week of activities coincided with the work, aimed at bringing the whole community together.

After Phil, who played for Sheffield United between 1994 and 1997, and his team completed the majority of the refurbishment, members of the community continued and finished the house ready for the family to move in.

Chris, aged 32, said: “Phil Starbuck obviously got the ball rolling in an amazing week of community togetherness.

“But the work continued and we all came together to get the job done and see my family in the community house where we hope to serve the local community for many years to come.

“They took a little longer than expected. After Phil’s team had been in there was still a fair amount of work to do and we had a lot of volunteers who came and helped. We had a great response.

“Shan was also pregnant, so that held up things a little bit.”

Chris – dad to three-year-old Grace and two-month-old Joshua – has been pastor at the church for two years and previously lived in Swallownest.

The move into the area now means he can be more hands-on in the local community.

He said: “It is great to be involved in the local community more and we are doing lots of different activities.

“We are here in the community and have a home for people when they want to drop by.

“We have made lots of new contacts which is really good for bringing the whole community together.”

Chris said he had been touched by the generosity of local residents and businesses.

The companies who helped, or supplied materials, are CKP Electrical, Dendale LTD, GC Kitchens and Bathrooms, Roscamp Builders, Rudolf Molnar Lion Heart B & D Services,

NJ Cleaning Services, Asda Mosborough, Plumbase, Topps Tiles, Travis Perkins, Homebase, Wickes, Trade Point, Howdens, Sound Bytes Media, Wedge Roofing, 7 Core Electrical,

Shaun Fitzakerley and Craig Perry.

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