St Mary’s Open Door

St Mary’s Open Door

Last year we held a survey to gather your ideas for how we could increase the church’s support of the community. You provided us with valuable feedback and a mass of different ideas. In past times a church was not only a place of worship but also the centre of the community for a multitude of purposes such as gatherings, entertainment and exhibitions. The feedback you gave us showed that this village continues to have an appetite for a wider use for the church.

We have formed a steering group of about eight people, who we call the St Mary’s Open Door Group. They are using your feedback to select projects which will bring benefit to the community. In recent years the church has been used for many things in addition to church services and celebrations. We have had concerts, art exhibitions, presentations and other functions, but these have not always been well publicised and have been intermittent, particularly during COVID times. St Mary’s Open Door intends to offer free-of-charge events, increasing the number of events in the church and to provide interest for all corners of the Frampton community. 

St Mary’s Open Door will build over time, with initial events taking place this summer. It will take a little time to get started, however with your patience and support we believe that St Mary’s Open Door will meet the challenge that you set us in your response to the survey. We continue to welcome your feedback and ideas and above all, we would welcome anyone who is willing to offer us a little of their time. In particular, we would like help from people who have some knowledge of web skills, people who feel they have any particular skill that might be of interest, or people who would simply like to be a part of a group that is supporting the community.

We also plan to launch a new fund-raising group called “Friends of St Mary’s”, designed for those who would like a closer association with the church, whether they are local or remote. We will update you as our plans evolve.

Those of you who enjoy St Mary’s as a place of worship can be re-assured that services will continue in the church as usual. The church provides spiritual sustenance to many and we will continue to work to keep it accessible and safe, even during these COVID times. Church governance, including religious aspects, is managed by the Parochial Church Council (PCC), led by the Rev. Liz Palin. We chose to separate the St Mary’s Open Door from the PCC so that it will serve the needs of the community for everyone, irrespective of whether or not they are Christian. 

St Mary’s likes to welcome newcomers to the village, with information about the village and organisations here. If you know of any new arrivals here at any time, please let us know (contact details below).

If you would like to learn more about St Mary’s Open Door and opportunities arising from it, please join us for coffee / refreshments in the church on Saturday 19th February at 11am. It would help if you can let one of us know you hope to attend, to allow us to plan for numbers. If you plan to attend, would like to attend another time or simply wish to get involved, please contact one of us.

                                                            The churchwardens,

             Janie Clifford                                                                         James Stewart                                                                   

themanor@framptoncourtestate.co.uk                        jamesvstewart@gmail.com

                (01452 740268)                                                                       (07483 249193)