Church seeking ideas for facility improvements
PEOPLE in Liss are to be asked how their parish church could be improved during a period of consultation over the next few weeks.
Their ideas for new facilities could then be incorporated into a scheme to make St Mary’s more welcoming.
An architect has been appointed, and it is expected that detailed plans will be submitted to the Diocese of Portsmouth later in the year.
Meanwhile, a “statement of need” – setting out in broad terms what is being proposed – is due to be prepared next month.
Church warden Trevor Childs said there would be a period of consultation to find out people’s views - in particular, how more young people could be involved in the life of the church.
“We want to find out what more we can offer, but at the same time we don’t want to do anything which might cause concern to those who love the more traditional aspects of the church. It is a delicate balance, and that is why we want to take our time over it.”
The parochial church council concluded last year that parish life should be concentrated at St Mary’s when it took the decision to close St Saviour’s Church at Liss Forest and sell the land for housing.
Mr Childs said the importance of the church as a hub of the community would be improved if more people saw it as a place to meet for events, as well as for worship.
The new Stepping Stones baby and toddler group will hold its first session tomorrow from 9.30-11.30am, and the monthly ‘messy church’ session for children will be held on Saturday, January 12 at 2pm. The recently reconstituted handbell ringing group will also meet tomorrow, at 6.30pm.
A New Year barn dance was held in the church last Saturday, and Latin and ballroom dance class resumed on Monday.
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