Building to Serve
In recent months at St Mary's, God has been extending our vision to serve the town in an exciting, ambitious and creative way at a time of substantially increasing need for many within our community...
Our vision is two-fold:
1. In our town… to acquire a vacant landmark building on our Market Street (‘The Old Bank’ - formerly the NatWest) and to transform it into a vibrant centre of social activity serving a wide cross-section of the community, and into a visible and accessible source of practical support for some of the most vulnerable in our town;
2. In our church building… to enhance our historic church building, enabling it to serve better as both a place of worship and as a valuable resource for the town, equipped for today’s needs and and for those of future generations, making sure that there is no barrier for anyone, young or old, and regardless of physical impairment.
We would love you to catch this vision and join us in seeking to transform the lives of those most in need in Chipping Norton!
Current status of project (22nd May 2019):
We had hoped to have completed on the purchase of 'The Old Bank’ some weeks ago. All aspects of the purchase have been agreed with the vendor, but we have been held up, pending the drafting of one final legal document. We’re delighted to report that this has now been drafted, so we anticipate being able to proceed imminently. Please keep praying with us that we won’t encounter any further delay. As soon as the purchase has been completed, we will update this page and celebrate with the church family.
In the meantime, however, we have appointed Alastair Ewer as our Project Manager to oversee both aspects of the project (St Mary’s itself and the Old Bank). With the help and support of our Buildings Team (a subcommittee of the PCC), Alastair has commissioned initial design feasibility drawings from Banbury-based architects, Acanthus Clews, for both the church and the Old Bank, and we look forward to sharing those as soon as possible.
We are also actively seeking to appoint a suitable person to direct our fundraising campaign, which will be launched soon to enable and encourage the people of the church (and also the town) to become integral parts of that campaign to share the life-changing love of Jesus, and to serve even more widely in our community. This person will also take responsibility for more regular communications and progress reports, and so we look forward to being able to share more details in due course.
For more information, please click here to contact Alastair Ewer.
1. Alastair Ewer (Project Manager)
2. [Fundraising Campaign Manager to be appointed]
3. Tim Woolcock (Churchwarden)
4. Graham Povey (Churchwarden)
5. Mary Smith (PCC)
6. Bill Rees (PCC)
7. Nick Grant
Ex officio: James Kennedy (Vicar)
[The Buildings Team is a subcommittee of the PCC, reporting at each meeting, but with delegated responsibility for operational decisions]