The Caleb Project
The vision behind the project is fuelled by an acknowledgement of a general community need in this location of Cage Green and a desire by the St. Philip’s fellowship to help, enable and facilitate community development. An Option Study was carried out in June 1999, which set out the socio economic background of this area of Tonbridge, highlighting some of the community needs and indicating how the Caleb Project is in line with the West Kent Community Care Plan. Planning application was granted early 2000.
The vision came originally from a meeting of the St. Philip’s Council and leaders in 1997. During that meeting a scripture from Numbers 13 was seen as key to our vision to move forward.
It spoke to us that the land around St Philip’s is rich and fertile, with much fruit already in it. Caleb and Joshua were the only two who trusted in God and had the courage to go into the land that God had promised. We believe that God is asking us to have the courage of Caleb to go into the land, that even though we may feel weak and inadequate He is the one who is asking this step of faith and obedience from us. If what we are hoping to embark on is of God, which we believe it is, we can trust Him that He will provide all we need.
Physical Achievements So Far
Over £200,000 has been raised so far by members of St. Philip’s congregation through a variety of events and generous donations from Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, Marshalls and other donors. This has seen the building of a new room entitled, ‘The Caleb Room’, building of a larger carpark, refurbishment of an existing side room, refurbishment of the toilets to include disabled and baby changing facilities, new lighting in the main body of the church and many other building improvements.
The refurbished side room, known as the colourful cupboard room used by two playgroups and The Sunday Club
The Caleb Room used for meetings and prayer