The parish has created an exciting development plan which it is hoping to bring to fruition over the next three to four years for the benefit of its parishioners and the Jesmond community for generations to come
The scheme comprises :
An extension to the rear north west corner of the church to provide WCs and annex area for services and concert use and, more notably a new “garden” room for mixed usage, which will in turn create a transitional space between the beautiful and traditional architecture of the main church, and a more modern space of worship. Plans for the Garden Room can be found here.
We are delighted that the Chancellor has now granted a faculty for this work. If you would like to read his judgement, please click here.
Full remodelling of the parish hall to bring it up to modern standards, greater functionality and flexibility for multi use, as well as better use of the space available. This is aimed not only for the use of the parish, but fundamentally for full community use and interaction, becoming a social hub for the area. Please click here to see the plans for the Parish Hall.
In addition the unique church green and its surroundings will be subtly re-ordered.
All this will take significant expenditure to achieve our goal. Any offers of fundraising and donations will be hugely appreciated.
Community Outreach with a Family & Youth Leader
Breaking news: The Joseph Rank Trust has recently approved a very generous grant of £45,000 over a 3 year period to help fund the costs of a Family & Youth Leader. This allows us to start recruiting a full-time person, with the backing of the PCC. This new position will make a real difference to our work with the children, young people and families in our local community.
Our parish has changed over the last twenty or so years to become a community where over 60% of us are under 30 – students and young people as well as families with children. In the light of these changes, St. George’s has recently renewed its Vision, to stimulate real growth in number, in spirituality and in service to our community. Our 4 priorities are:
- Open & welcoming church community
- Inclusive & traditional worship
- Questioning, nurturing faith
- Relevant & engaged in the wider world
Studies undertaken by the Church of England have identified that real growth is found where there is a high ratio of young people to adults. St. George’s has a wonderful opportunity for community outreach with so many younger people in our locality. We also recognise that mental health challenges, isolation, loneliness and deprivation are all present for families and students here. So, as part of St. George’s outreach program, we plan to fund a full time Family and Youth Leader who, together with our church volunteers, will create a comprehensive program of activities that engage students, young people and families in our locality. We want each person to feel included, welcomed, valued and supported.
To establish this new position for an initial 3 year period, some funding has already been raised within the congregation and we have support committed from the PCC from our reserves. We are applying to charitable trusts for the balance.