Parish Appeal 2022

Welcome to our Parish Appeal, the first for some years. 

You will find below the story of a parish which strives to flourish and grow in the name of Jesus Christ, who leads our ministry spiritually and in service to the local people.

All of the details here are also available in from the appeal leaflet, which you can download here.

To make a response, please go to our Donate page here.

 

A message from Rector Chris:

Despite the challenges faced throughout the pandemic, we have shown ourselves able to face the future with confidence.  Our approach to online services, pastoral contact and postal outreach, was put in place quickly and still remains in strength today.  Alongside the considerable work to maintain the ministry of the church, we were able to make our own contribution as St Christopher’s led in the town as a vaccine station.

Since February 2020 we have been able to employ not one, but two Children’s and Families Workers, with great energy behind our commitment to be an all-age church.  The ever popular First Steps pre-school group has been assured for the future, the Families@4 afternoon church is solid and growing, and now new groups for older children, with service as Acolytes, First Communion, The Den and the Junior Choir.

In the community, our links with the shops and high streets has been taken from nothing to considerable in the space of eighteen months, giving real presence to our place in the centre of town life.  Our work in St Bartholomew’s school has also been maintained, and we have been able to face the recent demands of OFSTED inspection and a change of Headteacher.

By way of our buildings, much has been done, with renovation of the upper room at St Christopher’s and a major repair of the organ.  Work is now also underway towards a considerable upgrading of The Link. 

What these successes tell is that we are able to plan well, use our resources effectively, and deliver a progressive frontline ministry whilst honouring all the traditions that have made us who we are.  It is my pledge that whatever response we make to this stewardship campaign, our churches will use your commitment to present the best ministry we can for all the people of Haslemere.