In 2014 our Quinquennial Inspection Report highlighted the need for major structural repairs and conservation work to our Saxon/Norman church tower; the cost of which was estimated at £250,000. The PCC’s immediate thought was to reduce our Parish giving to the Diocese of Leicester and keep safe our modest reserves. However our Archdeacon challenged us to consider the needs of our local church as a part of the whole; to consider the interdependence between our church and the diocese and the interconnections between giving, discipleship and mission. In other words, what does being one part of the body of Christ mean for our finances? To answer this question we accounted for the resources we needed, not only for our building but also for mission in our community and in the diocese as a whole.
Without discerning God’s mission we realised fulfilling any plans, (mission or otherwise) would be compromised. From several charitable foundations including the National Lottery Fund and the National Churches Trust we have been blessed to receive very generous grant funding for our tower repairs. For our re-ordering to introduce main water and disposal, WC and servery, we received numerous small grants including from the Diocese of Leicester the sum of £24,000. Through local social and fundraising activities our own community raised £12,000 and we very generously serviced by Brown & Shaw undertaking all internal refurbishments at a very competitive price. Now, the church building has step free access, is light, draft free and and very welcoming with a large flexible social space for community use. (Pics on the website and more to follow)