Update on St James
Published on Friday, 10 May 2019 07:08
9 May 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We are writing to give you a progress report on future plans for the St James’ site and building.
We understand from the Diocese that all the legal processes of the Church of England which are needed to allow the requirement for regular worship in the current church building to lapse have been completed. This is not an irrevocable process, so it will be possible for regular worship to resume on the St James’ site.
It does however mean that the next stage, which is for the Diocese to develop options for the future use of the site can start in earnest. This will take some months and we are anticipating that the Diocese will share firm options with us towards the end of the year. Our PCC will be actively involved in considering these and in the consultation with the local community to establish which option(s) would best allow us to serve the needs of the area and capitalise on the missional opportunities.
Over the last few months as we have prepared our parish profile, we have sensed a clear call to support and possibly be part of any new worshipping community in the western end of our parish. So, we are pleased to have had confirmation that provision of a worship space will be factored into the options for the St James’ site. (This also means that a building “on the high street”, (one of the original possibilities) is now much less likely)
As a church family, we need to focus now on what God may be calling us to do, perhaps in conjunction with other church communities, from within a redeveloped building.
As you all know, Mark Melluish joins us as our Priest-in Charge next Sunday and will be able to share his experience and leadership with us at this significant point in the life of our Parish. We are both looking forward to working with him and the new PCC to shape our response to this new phase in the future of St James.
We are planning more prayer walks over the summer- more details to come shortly- and we would love as many of you as possible to come along. There will be other opportunities for us to pray together and for you to share your thoughts and ideas as we move through this next phase.
Let us continue to bring this to God in prayer and remain open to His plans for the building and the area.
We expect to be able to give you a further progress report at the end of November, but in the meantime please feel free to ask us, or any member of the PCC for more information.
Yours in Him
Lois and Paul