Building Development Project
Our Amazing Vision to create a 'Community Church, Royal Air Force & Commonwealth War Graves Heritage Centre'.
Since before the Norman conquest Scampton Church has, through the ages, been the place where local people have gathered. Once again, we want our church to be the place where local people come to worship, meet, to be entertained, and for help when they need it.
Part of our vision is to be more than a Church congregation, and rather to be a community hub, and because of our historical connections with RAF Scampton, also develop a RAF Heritage Centre here. We want to create a space where people feel they are loved and belong. A space where people can enjoy themselves, and maybe in their own time and pace, explore faith together.
However, we don’t have the necessary facilities to do all that we could, so we are re-ordering the church. Every generation leaves its mark on Scampton Church, and this transformation will make our church fit for purpose today, and for generations to come.
Our vision to create a community and heritage centre here is now up and running. The leadership teams exciting vision is to create a more flexible space in the nave with potential uses of worship; historical exhibitions, building a closer relationship with Scampton school through school plays and concerts, school services, PE lessons, and project weeks; Bible study, music practices, family toddlers group, meetings, coffee mornings, senior lunch, craft evenings, fund raising activities, holiday clubs, and a Commonwealth War Graves Heritage Centre Café. Our intention is to make Scampton Church the place every visitor to the area wants to see.
But some things won’t change. Scampton Church will still be the place where people gather to worship and at special times, to remember our war dead, and preserve our links with the RAF. People say Scampton’s history is written in the walls and graveyard of our church building, and certainly the names written there tell a story of our past. Scampton Church’s congregation has doubled in the last year, and we’ll still be a special, Christian holy place, where the Church of Jesus meet to worship.
Our re-ordering project has already replaced the North aisle roof, replaced all the wood wormed and unsafe pews with chairs, installed a hearing loop, PA system and audio visual system. We are currently saving money to install mains water, a disabled toilet, new heating, a new path, and repair the ancient bells to ring again. Exciting times - but we need funds to enable this. Please help us by contributing to our crowd funding appeal for an RAF Scampton Commemorative Window. If the target for the window is reached then any other funds contributed will go directly towards this project. Thankyou so much.
Rev. Sue Deacon (Local Minister - Scampton Church)