Sharing what works
In September 2017, after much consultation and planning, work got underway on a project to Re-ignite St Andrew’s in Avonmouth, Bristol. Phase 1 of the work to re-create the church building as a welcoming place for the whole community is almost complete whilst Phase 2, which will transform the interior of the church for worship and community facilities, is about to begin.
Vicar of St Andrew’s, Revd Dr Andy Murray, was able to share his experience of leading this project with fellow Incumbent, Revd Ian Garrett, of St Cuthbert’s, Brislington on the other side of Bristol, who was about to embark on a similar project.
Ian said: "It was so encouraging to hear about the experiences of the congregation at Avonmouth. When you set out on a big project such as this, you ‘don’t know what you don’t know’ and so it’s great to hear what the potential pitfalls might be (so you can take steps to avoid them) as well as the advice, ideas and contacts which made a difference elsewhere and from which you can benefit.
"More than anything, a conversation with someone who’s already done it helps you realise you’re not the only one who has faced a challenge like this, and you gain confidence that it is actually possible to make progress with what may seem like a distant goal at the start."
Please contact Clare Fussell if you’re facing a building project and would value hearing from the experience of another church.