Chairs appeal

Online donations to the chair appeal

This link will take you to our online chair appeal donation page where you can make your donation and declare gift aid eligibility if applicable.

If you'd rather not donate online, please contact Trish at the office for alternatives

Update on the fundraising 

"Financially, we’ve given ourselves 12 months to raise the funds – the 12 months of 2020. We’ve made really good progress so far, and now have £21,500 of the £25,000 we need to go ahead. That means that including Gift Aid, we only need to raise another £3,500 to secure the project. And so today, I’m asking each one of us, the congregation and supporters of All Saints, to consider whether we can give financially to this project. The approximate cost of a chair is £150; and if you could consider giving a chair, maybe in memory of a loved one, we’d be hugely grateful. You may be able to give much more – maybe the cost of chairs for your family. You may have had a difficult few months financially, and not be in a position to give at all; and we fully understand that.

Today I would ask you to prayerfully consider what you may be able to give; so that our church may be more welcoming, more flexible, more available for the local community, more beautiful when we finally reopen for worship once again.

You can give very easily using the link below. If you’re able to do that in the next few weeks, and before the building word begins, we’d be hugely grateful.

And as we consider what we may be able to give, let’s remember the words of St Paul: ‘Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver’. And I pray that the Lord will bless us richly as a church, as we seek to complete this project – for the glory of his name"

Revd Beverly Watson

All Saints’ Church Seating Project, a 2020 Vision

chairsFollowing six months of meetings of the Church Seating Group, and a parish Consultation on the 17th November 2019, the All Saints’ PCC has taken the decision to remove the existing pews and replace them with chairs. The outcome of our discussions has been that the ministry and mission of All Saints would be greatly enhanced by more comfortable, flexible and attractive seating.

During 2020 we hope to apply for a Faculty (legal permission), and raise funds to pay for this project. We plan to purchase 150 wooden chairs, 30 of which will have arms, and also 5 storage trolleys to stack the chairs when necessary.  The chairs can be linked together, or free standing, allowing for much greater flexibility than we have at present. The chairs have a padded seat, which makes them extremely comfortable. And we’ve have chosen wooden frames to keep the ethos and tradition of the worship space, as much as possible.

We hope that the new chairs will not only offer greater flexibility and comfort during worship, but also that the space will prove much more suitable and appropriate for community groups to use. Already we have community choirs using the building, and occasional concerts; and the building is used on a regular basis by our local schools. We would like to make it more available still, as we seek to serve the local community in new and fresh ways.

The estimated cost of the Project is £25,000. A legacy of £10,000 was given some years ago, which leaves £15,000 for us to raise. The approximate cost of each chair is £150 (a memorial plaque for your chair could be arranged). If you could prayerfully consider contributing to this Project, we’d be hugely grateful. If each church member could buy one chair, we’d raise our target! And some of us may be in a position to give a larger sum. (If we don’t reach the target, then we won’t be able to proceed with the project).

If you would like to make a donation, please print and complete this form, and return them to the Church Office. Forms are also available in church or from the parish office.

Yours Lord, are the greatness, the power, the glory, the splendour and the majesty. All things come from you, and of your own do we give you. (I Chronicles 29:11)

With many thanks for your generosity, and trusting the Lord for his continued blessing,

Revd Beverly Watson