Good News for St Andrew’s and Oxshott!
Building Your Church (BYC) update – March 2022
Thank you to all those who joined us for the presentations on Sunday 20 March to hear about the interesting, challenging and exciting developments that have happened on BYC during the last 12 months – both in terms of the people and the buildings.
If you were unable to attend and would like to see the presentation, or see it again, please contact the Church Office and we will send you a link to the recording.
Following the successful updating of the worship space (Phase 1) in 2014, we are navigating our way through the development of Phase 2, the project to update the ancillary buildings that wrap around the west and north sides of the church.
Crucially, as we emerge from the disruption of the pandemic, the PCC has re-affirmed our Vision for St Andrew’s – of growing and serving together – but with an additional focus on children and families. To enable this vision, Phase 2 of the ‘Building Your Church’ (BYC) project aims to provide open, accessible, flexible spaces of the right size, style and longevity, both for our current ministries and recognising future church and community needs.
At this stage, the BYC Steering Group is working with the architect, structural engineer, quantity surveyor and other specialist consultants to conduct further due diligence to ascertain the best and most cost-effective way to deliver the project – structurally, financially and environmentally. The environmental impact of the project is a particular focus of the Diocesan Advisory Committee (DAC) as they seek to find ways of meeting the Church of England’s new targets of working towards becoming carbon net zero by 2030.
Fundraising continues for Phase 2, and we are very grateful for your generosity in the regular and one-off donations being made. If you would like to donate to the BYC project, please contact the fundraising team.
A message from our vicar, Frances
“We continue to be very excited about the vision for St Andrew’s, although progress has been slower than many of us would have liked. Please be assured that the BYC project – people and buildings – is still a hugely important priority for the PCC, and there are some exciting plans on the table. We look forward to sharing these with you once the additional work has been completed and further consultations with the DAC have been held.