Have you heard about St Barnabas’ exciting project?
We have a plan to improve the usability of our Church buildings for a wider range of users. This involves lifting/lowering areas of flooring to allow level access between major sections of the building. We also wish to improve accessibility from the exterior to the interior of the building with a new entrance porch and we intend to refurbish the Pastoral Centre.
We are delighted that we have received a legacy of £55,000 towards the work plus a £10,000 donation from a parishioner.
Thanks also to those grant-making bodies who are supporting us:
The Big Lottery Community Fund £10,000
Garfield Weston Foundation £10,000
The Co-op Charities £6,300
Bernard Sunley Foundation £5,000
The Gatwick Foundation Fund/Sussex Community Foundation £5,000
Allchurches Trust £3,000
Beatrice Laing Family Trust £2,500
Gatwick Airport Community Trust £2,500
Our project will cost £215,000 so we still need lots more funding. Can you help? You can donate using our bank details which are: Worth PCC, Sort Code: 40-18-22 Account Number: 61223372. Please use the reference: “St B project”.
One of Worth Parish’s supported charities is Tariro, which you helped to support when you donated at our Christmas services for the last two years.
The charity, based in the UK, helps orphans or young people in Zimbabwe whose one parent cannot look after them anymore, supporting them through education and with practical projects until they are able to stand on their own two feet.
What could be nicer than a summer’s afternoon tea followed by a stroll round the grounds of our ancient church, the 11th oldest in the country? Well, the bellringers at St Nicholas’ invite you to join us as they provide a delicious spread of homemade sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, a selection of cakes and tea, coffee and soft drinks. Special diets can be catered for on prior request and all profits go directly to parish funds for things such as the cost of repairing the roof of our beautiful Saxon church.
Tickets are £10 in advance and only 80 covers can be taken, so get them now, either from the churchwardens or from EventBrite here.
Every year, we choose charities that we can support at Christmas through collections made in our special services. This year, we have chosen The Salvation Army as our national charity and Crawley Open House as our local charity. The Salvation Army work with a variety of people including those in poverty or situations of domestic abuse. They also provide support and advice to the homeless and unemployed, tackle loneliness in older people and work to trace family members who have lost touch with each other.
Crawley Open House provides local support and services for those suffering the effects of homelessness, unemployment, loneliness, discrimination, or other forms of social exclusion. Visitors to their day centre can access health services, benefits and housing advice, workshops and classes as well as hot food and drinks and empathy and kindness.
Money collected will be split between these and our Parish, where there are several projects requiring our attention such as refurbishment of the St Barnabas’ Hall flooring, heating and toilets, as well as addressing water ingress to the bell tower at St Nicholas’.