The recently refurbished main church room is put to good use on Sundays at 10.30am and 5pm and for a wide range of church and community activities. We've hosted school tours, dance performances, sleepovers, choir concerts, band practices, drum lessons, charity weekends and movie nights, to name just a few. You're welcome to look round on any Sunday or contact us to arrange a visit.
The main room is not available for external hire but we have welcomed local charitable groups where there is a link with our aims as a church. We ask a responsible leader to visit and be shown how to secure the building and leave it ready for a prompt start on Sunday morning. We have modern and effective audio visual equipment but we would ask you to pay a member of our team to operate that for you, at the hourly living wage rate.
What work has been done?
Replacing fixed pews with chairs we can stack frees up a large area for everything from youth or children’s club games to meals or performances. A glazed wide entrance with level flooring is good for buggies and wheelchairs. Better lighting enhances attractive Victorian features inside and out. Modern heating, sound, and projectors ensure no one is excluded and padded chairs seat as many as 320 for our most popular services, such as Carols by Candlelight. You can download a leaflet about our building and history.
We felt it was worth every effort to make the building accessible to the whole community because our aim: "to preach Christ crucified, " is more important than most people realise. For that reason, church members donated £390,000 to this project. The remaining £50,000 came from generous grants from WREN and All Churches Trust. Church members also raised £44,000 to send to Uganda, which allowed the seminary to build a new dormitory enabling more Ugandan ministers and community leaders to receive affordable education.