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Reordering St Peter’s

Refresh logoOur parish vision sees us Becoming a Christ-like community. Our mission plan calls us first to concentrate on hospitality. To help St Peter’s in both those aims and to overcome some immediate needs, we have set out on some reordering to the west end of the church.

The people of St Peter’s have discussed what’s needed and helped the project group compile a statement of needs, and our architects have prepared initial plans to meet those needs.

This annotated 3D view provides a quick overview.

Some rationale

Hospitality is far more than the quality of our refreshments or the welcome on a Sunday morning. It is about how we engage with people wherever they find themselves, and how we open our lives and spaces to share them with the community around us. Sharing our lives involves responding to invitations from the community. Sharing our space involves inviting the community to join us in some way.

Inviting others to share our space at St Peter’s is not sincere if our space is unsuitable. Our space needs to be as accessible as possible, facilities like toilets need to be available to all, those cups of tea and biscuits, and much more, need to be possibilities, a welcome needs to be clear and visible.

So far, our openness to people beyond our congregation has seen a significant growth in children and young people. In 2014 there were perhaps 6-10 regularly in church, now we regularly have 25-30, including up to 10 small children and as many as another 20 up to 16 years old in our services. Most of them come to church with parents, so our age profile of the adult congregation has also lowered over this time.

We are a church that also has significant numbers of young children for baptism (usually 20+ a year), and the residential community around St Peters is one to which people move to start a family. We usually also have 10-15 weddings each year in church, with all the potential for on-going connections with those couples and their families. Our hospitality now demands we look for proper spaces for all of this work.

God is alive outside our church, as well as inside. Responding to what God is putting in our hearts, we need to look outwards, while ensuring what is inside suits our mission to the community.

October 2019: Initial plans

JBKS Architects have completed a feasibility study and have prepared plans for us to consider. Please download the plan and its description, read how it meets our needs, and send your comments to Richard Larkin or any member of the Church Leadership Team.

You may also like to review the architect’s presentation.

Ways to support the appeal

We are investigating various sources of income, including finance grants and special events. If you can help with these, we would be delighted to hear from you.

If you would like to make a donation towards the appeal, you could use this donation form or make a direct bank transfer to the appeal account. The account is named “St Peters Church Caversham Appeal a/c” and has sort code 20-71-03 and number 10998745.

Watch this space

As the reordering project continues, this page will keep you up-to-date with progress.