|Minister's Letter - April 2017|
|The refurbishment of the Dovetail Centre is our major project this year.
After nearly 25 years, it is estimated that the footfall in the Coffee Room
alone has reached 400,000 people. Each year, over 30 groups regularly use
the Dovetail Centre. Whether it be the Parish Council or the Memory
Support Group, Messy Church or the harvest lunch, the whole community
is grateful for the Dovetail Centre. With such heavy use, the furnishings
and fittings are due an update and a group has been working hard to find
the best specifications.
But the refurbishment is far more than new tables and chairs. Our Church
Vision is ‘making more faithful followers of Jesus’. The Dovetail Centre
needs to be a place where this happens – in four ways:
1. Worship – increasingly, the space has been used for worship e.g.
Connect, Evening Services in the winter and Messy Church. An
improved ambiance and monitor to show words and pictures will
2. Learning and Caring – the morning ‘Dovetail Café’ will continue
its excellent work of welcome and befriending whilst study groups
encourage Christian learning.
3. Service – through charities, community groups, Good Neighbours
etc.; all use the Dovetail Centre and remind us of our commitment
to others in need.
4. Evangelism – with a meal, talks and video, courses like ‘Alpha’
will be at home here.
You are invited to the Annual Church Meeting on Wednesday 26th April
at 7.30 pm in the Church, where you will hear a presentation on the
proposed work, its purpose, costs and gift day to support the refurbishment.
Nothing is yet set in stone – no chairs bought or carpet colour chosen! But
Church Council has agreed it will go ahead. So this is your chance to have
your say on the forthcoming refurbishment. Don’t miss out!
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All the aspects of our mission I mentioned above, will be enhanced by a
fresh look Dovetail Centre. Whether you will be serving coffee, listening to
someone’s story, or singing the words of a song with others, you will be
‘making more faithful followers of Jesus’.