Connect is our major church initiative for the next three years. Three projects aim to Grow God's Kingdom by taking the gospel further afield as well as strengthening our existing congregations and improving our facilities in Maidenhead.
- Connect through Partnership
- Connect with People
- Connect on our Premises
We aim to raise £2.2m over three years to fund this work; please consider giving to this work.
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Project Connect update - 19th October 2017
Continued good progress over the last week both in the church and outside. The glass for the upper vestries has been installed, the chair cupboards at the back of church have been built, electrical works carried out and more of the light oak flooring laid. Externally, work to raise the level of the driveway to match the church floor level has continued. The monthly meeting between the builders, architect and ourselves to review progress was positive. The review of the progress to date and work programme to completion again showed that handover of the church should happen in the week starting 30th October. Some small items may need to be finished the following week, but the organ builder is planning to start the four weeks of work to install the organ on 7th November, with audio-visual work being planned at the same time.
Next, the plan to train staff and volunteers how to use the church is being finalised, as is the plan to return equipment and items from Oldfield, though no decision has been made on when the first services will be back in the church.
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We have raised £250,000 towards a new building for children's work in the grounds of St. Mary's White Waltham. This is a small village church on the outskirts of Maidenhead with a gospel focus.
Currently three of the Sunday School groups have to meet off site half a mile away up a windy road. This isolates families from the rest of the church and is limiting opportunities for growth.
Construction has now begun and should complete in 2015. Find out more about the project: www.projectrainbow.org.uk
Funds from Connect have been used to appoint two extra church workers: 1) Sue Bauhahn as Pastoral Care Co-ordinator and 2) Sam Brewster joined us as our new curate - and with Connect funding we have effectively been able to add one person to the complement of full time bible teaching staff.
We are a growing church and need to be more effective in looking after each other's spiritual and pastoral needs.
We have a prime town-centre site but need to be more visible, accessible and welcoming to visitors. We also need to be good stewards of what God has given us and keep our buildings in good repair.
Repairs and improvements to our site include heating, accessibility, and a larger foyer. We need to raise ca. £1.7 m for the building works.