We have exciting plans to rebuild the church - and the work is nearly finished!
Why? Because it was falling down! The 1960s wooden building was rotting and needed to be replaced.
We are taking the opportunity to provide a larger, energy-efficient, more flexible space which can be used for the community as well as for the church. The old building (now demolished) was used right through the week for a variety of local groups, classes and individual activities. We hope this will continue; we have a vision for expanding what's on offer, with a café and more use of the games area, as well as offering support for families and those with various needs.
Our community is growing with new houses being built. We want to support the practical as well as the spiritual needs of the community, complementing the Dean Court Community Centre, by providing space for local events.
The new building will provide a larger main hall plus extra rooms, and an equipped kitchen to give more opportunities for catering (see next page)
So far we have had donated or pledged over 90 per cent of the money needed. We are very grateful!
Visualisation of the new church from Orchard Road (Stanhope Wilkinson Associates).
Our first visualisation of the front of the new building by the architects, Stanhope Wilkinson. This has now been modified. We'll issue a new drawing soon!
"Dean Court is an area where there has been lots of new
housing over the past decades, and as we reach
out with God’s love from these new facilities I am really
excited by the mission opportunities that the rebuilt
St Andrew’s will make possible."
Revd Jonathan Widdess, Vicar
HOW TO GIVE
Easy online giving: Go to https://cumnor.churchsuite.co.uk/donate/fund/gy6kimd4
Direct or internet banking: Account number 50325892 Sort code 60-70-03 Account name: Cumnor PCC St Andrew’s Development Fund.
Cheques made out to ‘Cumnor PCC St Andrew’s Development Fund’; send to Treasurer, Parish Office, 1 Abingdon Road, Cumnor Oxford OX2 9QN.
Cash contributions in Sunday collections — in an envelope clearly marked ‘St Andrew’s Development Fund’.
Donate each month by standing order.
Consider leaving us a legacy in your will.
Registered Charity no. 1129917
More information from the Building Group:
Roger Long tel. 436313
David Wenham tel. 682984 firstname.lastname@example.org (Secretary)
Don’t forget to fill in a Gift Aid form if you
are a tax payer, so that your gift can increase by 25%. request one from the Building Group (above) or the Parish Office (telephone 01865 861541).
You can also request more information with this form:
Well done the walkers!
A 20-mile sponsored walk along the Thames helped to raise money for the rebuilding.
Five people, including a 12-year-old, started in Dorchester-on-Thames and did the whole walk. Five more joined them in Abingdon, and another seven did a short part of the walk, two at the start and five at the end. They ended up at St Andrew's where they were joined by a welcome party for tea and cake.
Between them they raised £2,600 for the St Andrew's Development Fund. Many congratulations! See the photos.