Learn about The Well: A project that is establishing a residential, missional community, housing eight students in Lincoln, Canterbury.
ABOUT THE WELL
In chapter 4 of John’s gospel, we read the story of the Samaritan woman encountering Jesus at the well. As they converse, Jesus says to her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
In September 2018, under God’s good hand and the generosity of his people, TSCF was able to purchase a section of land on Springs Road, directly opposite Lincoln University. In 2019 and 2020 design work was completed, with construction in 2021 for an intentional Christian community, with the first residents, from several local churches, moving in in 2022. This community is called “The Well” as a reference to John 4, to tie in with “Springs” Road, and as a reminder that the purpose is to drink deeply from the well of Living Water, Jesus himself. The woman who met Jesus at the well left transformed. It’s our prayer that many men and women will meet Jesus at The Well in Lincoln, be transformed, and for their peers to be changed by Jesus also.
Our prayer is to establish a residential, missional community, housing eight Lincoln students, that seeks to encourage such encounters with Jesus. Our desire is to see students cultivate an undivided life, wholeheartedly living for Jesus in every area of life. We believe that The Well can be a true witness of Christ through hospitality, outreach and building community, and that it might ultimately be life-changing for generations to come.
We’re grateful to God for so much, and are excited to see this venture continue. Please pray for those living in The Well as they live for Jesus and speak for Jesus together.
WSP architects in 2020, RPC builders in 2021, and the first ever residents in 2022! God’s timing is impeccable, remarkable and frustrating (!): The tenancy agreement with students was signed months ago, to start on 1st February. Selwyn District Council granted the Code of Compliance Certificate (meaning it’s fit and legal to be occupied) on – yep, that’s right – 1st February! We’re so grateful to God for all those who’ve prayed, worked, encouraged and donated. Completed construction is the end of the beginning, now the mission work commences. Please do keep on praying, working, encouraging and donating; together we’re reaching students for Christ and changing students for life.
26th March 2022:
Sustenance for the planting volunteers, and the finished south-west part of the garden.
26th March 2022:
Grateful to an army of volunteers to plant 100s of plants and use 17 scoops of mulch.
11th March 2022:
Landscaping: Mailbox now made and installed; and TSCF staff Chris Hay on the rotary hoe ahead of planting.
8th February 2022:
What it’s all about: A summer Bible study! The view of The Well from the university.
31st January 2022:
The tiles in the kitchen look great.
30th January 2022:
The table is the heart of the home: Praying for lots of meals, laughs, prayers and Bible studies here.
28th January 2022:
The large (and very heavy!) table being moved in!
20th January 2022:
The kitchen and the lounge are looking great!
10th January 2022:
Joinery work in the lounge and the study.
5th January 2022:
Joinery work in the bedrooms, with shelves above bed and desk.
5th January 2022:
The weeds in the vege patch have grown too much over Christmas! / The desk in the study is coming along well.
Temporary fencing removed: view looking west toward the uni, and from the uni looking across Springs Road.
Planting on the Springs Road boundary, and kitchen appliances on site ready to be installed.
TSCF staff Tim Hodge and his son second-coat painting a fence, with the uni in the background.
TSCF staff Chris Hay painting a fence, and the kitchen installation continuing.
The garage has seen a huge volume of materials come through it; and the bedroom wing painted and carpeted.
Across the road Lincoln University is spending tens of millions of dollars on new science facilities. In The Well the kitchen takes shape.
Carpet underlay in the installer’s van, and installed in one of the bedrooms.
One of the bathrooms. Clever ventilation.
Floor layers working hard. Living space with final paint colours.
The vege area (with uni behind), and the living area.
The driveway and the path to the front door.
The dining area and the living area.
Dedicated study room and the front entrance; we pray many students will be invited in through this door!
Outside eastern bedroom wing and outside garden.
The bedroom wing hall and one of the toilets.
What a difference a few months makes! Here are two walkthrough videos, one from 31st October the other from 24th June.
Gideon, 12 year old son of Tim on the Project Team, looking around and saying he wants to live in The Well one day!
Landscaping: With the uni in the background, and along the eastern bedroom wing.
Bedroom 3 (Luke on the Project Team wants to live in this one!) and Bedroom1 (which faces west to uni).
Living space from up high; it’s a big area!
Living space with GIB, and pioneer 2022 residents Alec Flip & Liv enjoying kai & Bible verses.
The large 3.2m and heavy macrocarpa table and benches being made in Prebbleton.
The living space with gib on top of insulation. The kitchen bulkhead to be on top of cabinetry.
In the driveway looking toward the uni, and looking toward the front door; the external cladding colour is Resene 1/4 Foggy Grey.
Luke, one of the project team, in the bedroom that he’s likely to be living in next year. Luke and Brian from the project team outside; paint is Resene Oslo.
Lots of internal acoustic insulation. Gib lined transforming the bedrooms.
A. The living space is large! Here’s TSCF Chair (and former Lincoln student!) Tom Broughton for scale!
B. Lots of gib ready to be installed
With so much insulation it’ll be cosy!
Cladding complete and painting nearly done. On site with most of TSCF National Strategy Team Ben, Caitlin & Mark
The first ever Well residents, the pioneers of 2022, on site in two teams competing in ‘assembling the words in the envelope to be Romans 14:19 the fastest’.
With covid shortages on insulation across the whole country, it’s SOOOO exciting seeing the insulation on site!
Cladding is going on; what colour do you think it should be painted?
A snap lockdown brought construction to a stop from 21st August for 3 weeks, but now the builders are back on site. Lots of cabling going in, for electricity, lighting, fire alarms, and internet.
Sunny outside in the garden (uni across the road) and sunny inside by big north and west facing windows.
Doors: Internal doors are going in; here is the sliding door from entrance to living area. External doors are already installed; here’s the front door with uni beyond.
Great work from Wally our awesome plumber. Here’s work in the kitchen and a shower room.
A cold winter’s day with a dusting of snow on the Port Hills.
Windows being installed.
Windows being installed.
Roof installation day.
Photos from the air; university is to the left and top of photo (right).
Site meeting, with the project team discussing the trusses.
Another fortnightly site meeting, with frost on the south and sun in the north.
A video walk through (click image on the right) .
External framing is complete; framing for fire walls is in progress.
Window final measurement day.
Grateful to Ethan Gillespie, Lincoln first year student, for some great photos.
Framing very nearly finished, 3 weeks ahead of schedule. Here’s Luke and Brian from the Project Team in the large and sunny living area.
Framing starting to go up. It’s much wider than the minimum in the Building Code, to put in much more installation to create a super-warm home.
The concrete all poured for the slab, on top of the polystyrene insulation.
Super insulated polystyrene floor, well above building code, to make it cosy for residents over many generations.
Our great plumber Wally had help from Chris (TSCF staff), Luke and Henry (Lincoln students).
Hard day’s work from the awesome plumbing team installing plumbing pipes ahead of concrete slab pour.
13th May 2021:
1. Project team of Kate McClelland (TSCF Lincoln Team Leader), Luke Gilchrist (Lincoln student) and Brian Koller (architect, retired) on site (with Project Lead TSCF staff Tim Hodge taking the photo!).
2. Excavation complete; site with hard-fill ready for boxing.
6th May 2021:
Digging day! The foundations excavated by RPC builders in one day.
Lincoln University is in the background, right across Springs Road.
Partnering with us:
If you would like to be involved in the next decades of student mission in Lincoln, or would like more information, our Project Lead Tim Hodge would love to hear from you (firstname.lastname@example.org).