The St Peter's Centre Project
A new beginning for this historic church building
Many houses, gardens and even people nowadays are made over and our church buildings are no exception. St. Peters is central to the Golden Valley, where there is a great need for a suitable venue enabling community needs such as advice on health issues, for young families, parenting skill classes; a base for such facilities as Citizens advice, politicians/councillors surgery and potential for many other things or events for young and old alike. We were initially approached by EYES (Early Years and Extended Services) in 2006 who recognised that St. Peters was the largest available space in the Golden Valley enabling children's services to be delivered from the church. The plans included the local library service to be housed in the bell ringing chamber, which is also part of our refurbishment giving a comfortable seated area which will lead off from the mezzanine gallery, and a rural arts centre where we can show films and have art exhibitions and more music events.
Taking the church back to its roots, when it had a combined use of worship and a variety of community activities, is not only an exciting time for us all, enabling the church to be the very centre of village life, but one which we feel is very much led by God. That first approach during the summer of 2006 to consider these plans seems very distant now but after many meetings, planning and much prayer, backed up by the support of our Diocese, PCC members and most of the local community, it has now becoming a reality. After initial work by archaeologists, the main work was underway through 2009, with the first service in the facility being the Christmas carol service that year.
There is a close family feel amongst our church members who enjoy a variety of services, a closeness also shared with many villagers who may not always attend our regular services, but do in fact share St. Peters church as a place of quiet, meditation, renewal, prayer, or even meeting place, some making almost daily visits en route to or from the village shop.so perhaps they are even more regular than the regulars!
We believe all this has been totally led by God and continue in his strength to carry out his work enabling the centre of the village to emerge revitalised and renewed. As you finish reading this article, please hold us in your prayers too as we hold you in our prayers.
Here are some photos of the project:
You can see the full detail of activities at St Peter's Centre on their website, at www.stpeterscentre.org