Making our Church more welcoming and accessible to all
Our St Edburg’s family is the living body of Christ committed to the mission and ministry to which God has called us; we believe that we are called to worship God, serve our whole community and to be a place of warm welcome to all.
We have a great love for our Grade I Listed building which has a rich history reaching back more than 900 years. Over the centuries each generation has sought to be obedient to God’s call in their time and have adapted the building accordingly.
The reordering we are undertaking will enable us to offer a nave that is accessible to all – people with wheelchairs, walkers and pushchairs will be able to access church and sit together with their family & friends wherever they wish to sit. At present we repeatedly feel deeply embarrassed to offer wheelchair-users space at the very front or side or back where there is no line of sight and no chance for people to sit with their loved ones – most poignant at funerals, weddings, baptisms and Civic Services as well as school carol services when the church is full.
Once our nave project is complete we will next provide full access for all through the North Porch which is used as our main entrance (at the moment the only access is via a ramp on the South Side).
The changes to our beloved St Edburg’s Church will not only enhance our various different services of praise & worship but will benefit the whole community by improving flexibility for other events such as our Christmas Tree Festival, concerts, coffee mornings, and exhibitions etc.
In all our endeavours we seek to serve our community and deliver God’s vision for our church.
At all times have we followed the legal process, have followed the advice of the Victorian Society and the Diocesan Advisory Committee.
We’re really excited about how our church is growing and changing to meet the needs of our community.