It was decided by the church in the early 1980's that as the church was growing. Morning teas after services were on a table outside the church or inside on inclement weather, also for CEBS , GFS and Bible study groups , looking to the future, the church needed a Hall.
A special fund was set up for this purpose, parishioners could donate via an envelope in the plate also the ladies decided they would do fundraising. Nea Templeman arranged with Inglis & Sons to run the Saleyard Canteen once a month also to have a street stall outside Kevin Lawler's Chemist shop in Camden's main street. The word always got around that the Menangle Ladies were in town with homemade cakes, pickles and jams etc. Another major fund raiser was Walk Down Memory Lane a Parade of Wedding dresses dating back to the late 1800's with many granddaughters modelling the family dresses also there were old vintage cars, Steam display and stalls held at a Rotolactor property. It was also a great witness of God's faithfulness as we had been praying for a fine day, it poured rain until 2 hours before the big event when the sun shone and a beautiful rainbow appeared as God's promise. People in the area spoke of the event & circumstances for a long time. These activities were a great time of building relationships and serving God and his work. When a block of land came up for sale on the church lane it was decided to transfer the money to purchase the land for a rectory. The land purchase was finalised in May 1994 at a cost of $85,500.
The possibility of a rectory was first mentioned in a vestry meeting in early 1998. As the Camden Parish moved on it was decided that there should be a full-time minister at Menangle. This was approved by the Camden Parish Council, which included representatives from Menangle.
After work by the combined wardens of St John's and St James' along with some congregation input a plan was finalised in 2001 and construction was completed in 2002.
The building was designed to have ample space for meeting because a hall was not available.
Another project was to make tapestry kneelers for the pews in the church as you see them today. The ladies first had to be given lessons in needlepoint, great frustration for many but a time of great fellowship together.