Massive Boost to Reordering Fund
The planned reordering of the church–which is the culmination of several years of planning–has finally received enough funding to ensure that the project can go ahead.
The PCC are very pleased to confirm that recent successful grant applications have increased the total funding so far to:
The PCC extends grateful thanks to to the Garfield Weston 60th Anniversary Fund and the South West Peak Community Fund. These latest grant funders join a list of organisations who are supporting this ambitious and exciting project for Rainow. Further details of the fundraising and plans are always on display in the church.
The church already plays a central role in the in the life of Rainow village. The development of our church building will create a warm, welcoming and flexible space to accommodate not only our regular services but a wider range of activities, allowing the church to effectively support and serve the community for many more years to come.
So now that most of the funding is in place, the Diocesan Architect will be working with the the contractors to arrange a start date. The church has some outstanding commitments to fulfill then the work will commence. Details will be confirmed after the PCC meeting in January.
Planning for the Future
The door-to-door survey, the information leaflet and events held to engage the opinions of local residents, not only showed a resounding consensus that the church building should stay open, but also produced a wide range of suggestions for additional activities. These were:
After School/Homework Club for older children
Home Workers’ Meeting Group
Senior Residents’ Lunch
Pre-school Music Group
Any local residents, whether churchgoers or not, that would like to get involved with / help to organise / lead any of the above activities, please don’t hesitate to come forward and get in touch. The same invitation is extended to people living outside the village, for whom Rainow holds a special place in their heart, either due to their family connections, having grown up here, or simply because of the beautiful setting on the edge of the Peak District. The whole ethos behind the reordering is to make the church a warm and welcoming place for all members of the community and beyond.
The PCC would like to mention that, although we are very near to reaching our fundraising goal, we are not quite there yet (£35,000 still outstanding), so any further donations towards the project will be very gratefully received. Please contact the treasurer, Chris Sloan, on 01625 422901.
And finally, we would like to make it clear that regular church services will continue throughout the reordering work, in the Church Centre. And, for anyone who is reading this that has not yet had the pleasure of visiting us, there is a car park on Round Meadow, opposite the church, and a regular bus service to the village, which stops right outside the church gate.