All Churches Trust have awarded St James £2250 towards the installation of new heating and lighting system. Improved heating will allow the use the church building throughout the year and enable wider community use of the building and greater creativity in the provision of mission and outreach events.
Alongside extensive repairs to the 14th Century tower, the PCC of St James is aiming to make the building fit for purpose both as a place of worship and a space for the whole community. A £350,000 programme of restoration and improvement is underway and new heating and improved lighting will be at the heart of the next phase of works.
REV Mark Badger said: This much welcomed funding from All Churches Trust funding is a essential to our fundraising efforts to improve facilities at St James. Effective heating will enable us to continue with our program of outreach and evangelism, whilst also establishing St James as a much valued and well used asset at the heart of our rapidly expanding community. In order to maximise opportunities for mission and evangelism we are engaged in a range of innovative outreach programmes. We have also developed and exciting opportunity to partner with the Parish Council in order to open up the church facilities for as a community asset. However, in order to do this, we need to create a comfortable space which facilitates wider church and community use, particularly in relation to children and families ministry. Thanks to grants aid from organisations such as All Church trust we are now able to undertake these essential works.
All Churches Trust is one of the UK's largest grant-making charities and gave more than £16 million to churches, charities and communities in 2018. Its funds come from its ownership of Ecclesiastical Insurance Group.