Using St Mark’s Church as a shared community and worship space

There has been a plan to build a new hall at St Mark’s Church for many years. Unfortunately we do not have the funds to do this so we have taken a long hard look at our buildings and how we and the community use them and have come up with a new plan. We have a big, light and bright church that is currently only used for a few hours a week so our plan is to look at ways of using and sharing what we have rather than building something new.

To create space in our church we need to do something about the pews. Rather than get rid of them our plan is to upcycle some of the pews into moveable ones so that we can clear the space in the main body of the church (the nave) for community events and move them back to create a worship space on Sundays. Our popular Come and Play sessions for children and their carers which are held in the wooden hall would move over to the church. With moveable pews we would be able to host services for our church school St John the Baptist which are not possible at the moment as the school has grown too large to accommodate children, parents and teachers at St Marks.

We plan to create a kitchen and disabled toilets out of a vestry and an old store. There are also plans to create a permanent disabled access ramp at the door. We need to look at the lighting and heating in the church so that we are as green as we can be. We are still at the planning stage so please come along and see the drawings which are displayed at the back of the church. If you might be interested in using the church midweek then contact us at this early stage and we can work through what might be possible. Our contact number for comments and suggestions is vicar at vicar@stmarkchurchteddington.uk