Information about our exciting reordering project will be added here:
Our first service in our temporary home at Kingsmead was excellent. Over 90 people came along to singe a last departure song in the church followed by a group walk to the school for our servive. It was a little strange and different but the Holy Spirit was with us as we praised God together. We are really grateful to the school for hosting us and look forward to other services there over the summer
Moving Out (June 2017)
From 25th July to the end of October St. Andrew’s Church building will be closed for major improvements to our facilities, access and ambiance.
The building will be closed, but the life of the Church goes on. Please keep coming to worship on Sunday and invite others!
Our Sunday services will be held in different places during this period and we believe this is an exciting opportunity. On the 1st, 3rd, and 4th Sundays of each month our 10.45am service will be in the ‘East Block’ at the back of Kingsmead School and on the 2nd and 5th Sundays we will be worshipping at one of our six ‘Hills Churches’.
1. The building contractor is Ellis and Co and the contract period starts
on Monday 26th June.
2. Our last service in St. Andrew’s will be Sunday 18th June and we will
spend the following week moving or covering all the portable furniture
and equipment in the Church.
3. On Sunday 25th June, we encourage everyone who can to meet
outside the Church at 10.30am in order to process along the short
walk to Kingsmead school.
4. East Block is at the back of the school and you can walk of drive
there by turning left inside the first driveway entrance past the tennis
courts and park outside. The building contains a medium sized hall,
classrooms a toilet block and a sink.
5. Our groups for children and young people (Sunday Allsorts and
Xstream) do not meet during the summer holidays, although the
Creche can continue to use the foyer and/or a classroom.
6. During term time, Sunday Allsorts and Xstream will use the
classrooms at Kingsmead and a local village hall when the service is
at a village.
7. We hope that some will be willing to offer lifts to the villages on July
9th & 30th, August 13th, September 10th and October 8th and 29th.
Please ring the Rectory?? 01984 629190 if you can offer a lift or need
8. The logistics of transporting equipment and setting up and down
chairs, a communion table, keyboard, hymnbooks and service sheets
will be a challenge. But many churches do this every week.
Please bear with us through any teething problems, don’t stay away
and do all you can to help each other make this a positive and
memorable few months!
St. Andrew’s Project Fundraising Meeting 3rd May 7.30pm
Thanks to your generosity and grants received we have over £200,000 available to do the majority of our project, but we are still £90,000 short of our final target.
So I wonder what gifts and talents you have that can be used for this purpose? We need a huge variety of skills and talents and also time and “things”. You may be a whiz on the computer and able to design leaflets and posters to advertise events, you may be happy to write letters and contact local businesses regarding sponsorship, you may have artistic or musical skills we can make use of, you may have a practical skill – carpentry, baking, designing, sewing, knitting etc, you may have time to help set things up or tidy up afterwards, you may have a beautiful garden you would be willing to open, or an idea to share, you may be a budding quiz master / mistress, you may have a “useful thing” such as a trailer, a gazebo, a field, a band!
Update 24th March 2017
St. Andrew’s Open Church Meeting Thursday 6th April 7.00pm in Church
Briefing about the Re-ordering Project needs and logistics.
At the beginning of March we received four tenders from builders for the actual re-ordering work. The highest two were 30-40% more than our original estimate and the lowest two were 10-15% more and the cheapest was also the one who is available to start soon after Easter. So on 20th March the PCC agreed in principle to approach one of those firms to check pricing and timing with a view to asking one of them them to do the work.
However, there is a significant shortfall between the cost of the whole of the present phase and the funds we have currently available.
The purpose of the Church meeting on 6th April is two-fold.
1. To talk through the logistics of worshipping elsewhere while the work is being done. Our plan is to meet three times a month in Kingsmead school and, on the second Sunday of each month, to worship in one of the village churches of our benefice. We need everyone’s shared wisdom and support to make this work.
2. To share where things are up to with our finances and, again, to seek people’s support, prayers and ideas as to how to bridge the funding gap.
The PCC are unanimous that we are loath to delay any element of the scheme, but that does have to remain a default option.
Extract from David's letter to the congregation in March 2017
“At the time of writing we have a target date for starting the remainder of Phase 1 of the St. Andrew’s Reordering project.
Once we sat down with the architect to discuss the details of the prospective building contract it soon became clear that it would be necessary to vacate the Church for Sunday worship for a few months after Easter!
The exact date and length of time will depend on how the builder tackles things and in what order. It will also depend on how much money we have raised and the actual price that is quoted. The elements of this phase include glazed screens to three south bays providing a kitchen, meeting room and enlarged vestry/office; an extended dais; disabled toilet; repaired front drive providing level access to an improved south west entrance; upgraded space under the tower and extra audio visual capability.
We believe that we already have enough money to tackle the major works down the south side of the building this summer. It would be wonderful if all elements of the phase could be done before November. But this will only happen if we get a good tender price and if we can raise the remaining funds through generous giving, grants, fund raising initiatives.
Initial discussions about worshipping elsewhere on a Sunday have been positive. The words of the prophet Nathan to King David in 1 Chronicles remind us that God is not permanently wedded to any building, and that his people have always been a pilgrim people - a people on the move. We aim to treat this necessity of moving as an opportunity rather than a problem!
We are, of course, concerned to keep together as a Church and not lose people. But we also want to be open to unexpected possibilities and blessings through this time. Please join in praying for a very good and helpful plan to emerge.
The project period will be a time of need and opportunity to give in a variety of ways. There will be times when working parties are needed to move furniture, treat more of the floor and clean up - more than once. People are encouraged to think of ways to raise money – especially creative ideas such as selling through Ebay, or seeking support from our wider friends and acquaintances, through being sponsored for something or hosting an event in your home. Finally, there is direct giving. In January, last year an amazing £30,000 was given or pledged, and that money has been essential in securing grants and keeping the project moving along. Once more we ask you to pray about your response, especially if you have not been able to give before, and for God to continue to provide as he has so far.”
Our latest proposals can be found here
Please contact a member of the reordering team if you would like more information or more detailed plans.