THE TRANSFORMATION PROJECT
The Transformation Project aims to ensure that our church building is ready to meet the needs and face the challenges of today and the future, for the whole community.
When adapted and made more flexible, our historic church building will be a beautiful facility for our growing community, which can be used in a wider and more inclusive way.
Key areas to improve are disability access, toilets, new heating, lighting, AV systems, kitchenette, flexible furniture and sound-proofing, and a security vestry.
St Mary’s Church has stood at the centre of Billingshurst for over 900 years. More than just a local landmark, it has stood as a symbol of faith and hope at the centre of our community. It has survived wars and strife, and it is the site of some of our most precious ceremonies – weddings, funerals, baptisms and remembrance. It continues to be a place of worship and prayer to the present day.
Down through the centuries, St. Mary’s has grown and evolved into the building we see today. Following that tradition, changes are afoot again. After 10 years of planning, our Transformation Project is about to move into action. Our plan is to transform the inside of our church building, opening it up as an accessible resource for everyone in our community. We want St Mary’s to be a building that all in Billingshurst will find a welcoming; a church that continues in the age old tradition of being a centre for community life; a place for fellowship and festivals as well as being somewhere for prayer and contemplation.
We want to make sure that the church building is made comfortable, accessible and an open, welcoming environment. We are planning to open up the interior of the church, putting in new lighting, a new sound system, toilet and baby facilities and a kitchenette. This will create a wonderful and flexible open space for a huge variety of community groups to use.
Our aim is to ensure that our beautiful building of St Mary’s is ready for the needs and challenges of the 21st Century and beyond. Located in the centre of Billingshurst, it is here for the whole community. For any enquiries or comments please click the button below to get in touch.
We need you to help us make this project a reality, from fundraising to prayer and practical skills, we would love you to get on board.
Expression of support
If you’re part of a community organisation that would benefit from using our transformed space, we’d love to hear from you! Receiving support from our community helps us to raise the essential funds to complete the project. Click the button below to download an example letter of support here.
fUNDRAISING AND GIVING
Get in touch if you’d like to help us fundraise for the project, whether you’d like help at an event we have planned, or run one of your own.
If you’d like to contribute financially to the project, please click the link below to contact us.
LEND A HAND
If you’ve got skills that you think could be a useful to the project, let us know! This could be anything from a trade, lighting and AV, fundraising, accounting or design.
We have a group of individuals who pray regularly for our transformation project. If you’d like to join, contact us.