Exciting times at St Mary’s as we unveil plans for a new church

A hectic last few months for St Mary’s church has been rewarded with some marvellous news: following negotiations with The Coppice School we’re delighted to be able to announce plans for a new church building to be built by Easter 2014!
Local people will remember the decision to close the old St Mary’s building on Chapel Lane in 1987, since which time Wythall has been without a parish church building. Whilst the congregation has survived (even thrived) we know many in the community miss having a church they can call their own, and for some the loss of the old building is still painful. It grieves us all at St Mary’s that a decision taken so long ago still causes distress, but our hope is that the new building will give us all an opportunity to move forward together and will be of benefit to the whole community.
Those expecting Victorian splendour might be disappointed – the new church is part of a joint building venture as The Coppice expands and will be in keeping architecturally with the school. But, with the centrepiece of a new stained glass window at the front, we expect the church to be attractive and inspiring as well as comfortable and flexible. The church itself will seat 50-60 people, but on Sundays and for special events will open up into the new school hall to hold around 300-350 in total. In addition St Mary’s will have its own entrance, foyer, toilets and kitchen, with two rooms upstairs.
With the new building we expect our ministry at St Mary’s to be transformed – reaching out from a permanent base we’ll be able to serve the community much more effectively. Our youth work and elderly care will be able to expand, and the new church will provide a beautiful and hallowed place for baptisms (christenings), memorial services and weddings, as well as busy festivals like Christmas and Easter. In addition the new school hall, equipped with new toilets and kitchen and ample storage, will become a spacious and much needed public space for community organisations to use.
Whether it’s for quiet prayer or wacky kids work, a midweek coffee morning or a Christmas carol service, we hope you’ll come and get to know the new St Mary’s with us. A big thank you is due to Mr Heptinstall and all at The Coppice for including us in their plans – among everyone in our community we hope they will be most blessed through this new adventure.

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