Back in 2009 as a Parish we engaged in a consultation exercise to consider what we might need to do to keep our work and worship relevant in the twenty–first century. A number of key questions were considered about how we might reach out to the wider community, including young people and the elderly, and how we might draw them increasingly into our Parish community.
One of the key questions we considered concerned our church building and how it might need to be enhanced to best serve the needs of the years ahead.
From this the Restoration project was formed which aims to improve our church building to address matters of
- disability access
- health and safety
- children’s facilities
- seating arrangements
- and a host of points such as music and audio all related to our quality of worship
A feasibility study in 2012 resulted in a twofold proposal which would essentially involve
- A series of enhancements to the worship space in the church building (including seating, sound and vision) aimed at making the building more accessible and more readily usable though preserving its existing atmosphere and beauty.
- A new section of building sensitively linking the church to the Parish Centre. This would create opportunities for improved access, improved reception and kitchen facilities, additional toilets and storage space and add flexibility to our existing rooms.
For various reasons, it was decided to split the work into the two phases above.
Work began on the church restoration (phase 1) in May 2016, and is scheduled to continue until November 2016. During this period we will hold our Sunday Services in St Columbanus College, Ballymaconnell Road, but the Church Office remains open as usual.
On these web pages you can read about the progress we have made down this road, and how you can become involved.