2019 and we are excited that our Welcome Garden is going to become a reality!
WHY A GARDEN?
We want to create an outside space which is inviting and welcoming, reflecting the interior of our reordered church building.
We want to improve the appearance of the approach and entrance to our church building by installing frameless glass doors.
We want to improve the surroundings of our building and make a safe place to be used by church, school and community.
We want to provide an outdoor facility to be used by a variety of groups.
Our church school, All Saints’ Primary, has no green space - indeed it’s outdoor space is less than half the nationally expected minimum. Pupils would be able to use this space for outdoor education, where suitable planting will encourage a vibrant natural habitat for study. Also for reflective activities, quiet times and stories. Building on the excellent relationship between our church and church school, we would hope that school would be able to make good use of this new space.
It would also be of great benefit to children from Copley school who visit church regularly, along with our uniformed organisations and of course the different groups of our own Kids Church who would be able to us this space for a variety of supervised activities.
We have many groups who meet outside regular service times and would be able to use this space, helping us to fulfil our strong commitment to be a church family on mission.
Having a safe and open outside space would enable us to hold barbecues for our family picnics after some of the morning services, as well as for other occasions and groups - and community events such as “bring your own meat” barbecues.
We want to provide a place of quiet and beauty for all the community of Skircoat Green, including somewhere safer for parents to gather and chat at home times.
We want to improve what we have to offer for occasional services (baptisms, weddings and funerals), with special reference to photography at weddings and baptisms and places for older visitors to sit while this happens.
As part of our mission to the local community of Skircoat Green, Copley and Salterhebble we are involved in many activities that will benefit having this usable space outside the church. We want to continue to extend links with the local community and better communicate the reality of a welcoming and thriving church to those around it.
Events already suggested include summer picnic/entertainment, son et lumiere style presentations and lamplit carol services.
Through such activities and more, our garden will continue to help us serve our local community.