Development Appeal

What Do We want To Do?

To use a bit of jargon, we’ve developed a Mission Statement, which sums up our ambitions:

“To make St. Andrew’s Church a major centre of village life for all villagers, as a place of worship and the place where the community can gather for a wide variety of village activities in a building which is inspiring, welcoming, accessible and well-resourced”.
What does this mean?

What this means in practice is that we want to widen the appeal of the church and to extend the use of its building and resources.

The proposal is:

  • To offer a varied, accessible and inclusive pattern of worship which will have wide
    appeal, including Eucharistic and non-Eucharistic services, family-focused worship
    and children’s learning. Together, these will take account of a variety of levels of
    commitment and belief.
  • To make the church available for the widest possible range of activities, such as
    those for Mums and Children, the active retired, Barts Youth Club, concerts, organ
    recitals, Harvest Suppers, Lent Lunches, Art Exhibitions, Flower Festivals, Quiz Nights, talks and the meetings of the Parish Council and other local bodies.
  • To involve more villagers in maintaining and making the church accessible, including opening and locking the building, tidying the churchyard, cleaning the church, preparing for the great festivals in the Church’s Year and in putting on the widest range of activities in the church.
  • To seek a greater lay involvement and participation in the work of the Church during services and in the pastoral care of the entire village community.