Repair & Renewal

Please join us between 10 am and noon on Saturday 17 September 2022 in St Swithun’s Church Allington for an open consultation on our plans to mark St Swithun’s 200th birthday. The Parish of Bridport will celebrate this important milestone by finding new ways for the church to fulfil its mission in the town. This public consultation is almost exactly one year after our first open meeting in September 2021. Just drop in, have a cup of coffee and wander around the church speaking to members of the steering group. These discussions will help shape our exciting plans for the future.

Our VISION is to be a busy, active outward facing LIGHTHOUSE for the people of Allington, the wider community of Bridport and the Bridport Team Ministry.

Our MISSION is to celebrate our 200th birthday by modifying our lovely church building to be more

                 Welcoming                 Visible                 Accessible                 Flexible

Small groups have looked at our community outreach; our external site, our liturgy and other forms of worship and, centrally, our church building

ACTIONS we are considering include:-

  • Creating more visibility of the church building through the garden
  • Making more parking spaces
  • Install glass doors at the entrance, to make the interior visible from the street
  • Create a Welcome Area to greet visitors
  • Create more flexible  seating to make a different, inspiring and practical space for use by ourselves and others from the community
  • Install Wifi and large screens to enable communication options
  • Create a Quiet Area for private prayer or contemplation
  • Overhaul our Energy Use to work towards a zero carbon footprint
  • Consider a paid appointment to realise the outreach potential

The principles behind the R&R programme can be summed up in the word S-E-R-V-E

  • Security: The existing building shows signs of disrepair that need urgent work.
  • Environmental objectives: We can be leaders in creating a sustainable environment working towards the Church of England’s objective of a zero carbon footprint
  • Relationship and the creation of a holy space: We want the interior to help our Christian journey and give to our visitors a sense of the spiritual, a place of prayerfulness and peace that will emphasise our relationship with God and one another.
  • Visibility: We want to be seen from the road, to improve our external lighting to proclaim our presence and to present a welcoming threshold
  • Engagement and community use: We have a great gift to share with our community: a large resource that is used for a fraction of the week.  We live in a community that has many needs. We already successfully  put our Church Hall at the service of the community. We want to use the whole building in this way.

This is a team project and involvement across the team is warmly welcomed. You don’t have to be a regular church goer. If you would like to help please get in touch with the chair of the project steering group, Philip Sturrock, click here to email him.