Joe Moffat introduces plans to build an extension on what could be called the ‘hidden side’ of St Mary with St Alban's church, ensuring 2018 follows in the footsteps of 2017 as a big year for us.

This will provide much-needed toilets, a kitchen and a meeting room, as is the norm for every public building and church in the 21st century. But it will provide much more than just basic facilities. It will make the whole church building fit for purpose: fit to be a sacred space that is accessible to all, regardless of disability or need; fit to offer a hospitable welcome to all who enter the door; fit to be a community resource where groups can meet for learning and fellowship; fit to be a centre for the arts, for concerts and for social interaction; fit to be the building we need to fulfil our vision to ‘grow faith and friendship for all’.

So this is about more than just toilets. This is about making our contribution to the 800-year history of our parish which has been added to in every century. Each generation has done their bit to ensure the building is fit for purpose for their own particular time. We feel strongly that our task is to build an extension that will
enable the whole church (both the building and the people) to bring the light of ‘faith and friendship’ to all.

Here is an information leaflet inviting feedback. Please let us know your thoughts, ideas and suggestions by e-mailing We’d love to hear from you.

Best wishes,
Rev Joe Moffat