Building our future
St Matthew’s is a beautiful building but it doesn’t have all the facilities we need for serving our parish.
We have a great opportunity to buy 99 Chatham Street from the diocese. This is the former St. Matthew’s vicarage and is a large residential property with potential to house a church office as well offering use of rooms to community groups. We have applied to the local authority for “Change of Use” from vicarage to a building for church use. It will be licensed for worship and will provide meeting rooms and facilities for community activities. There will be no change to the external appearance of the building but there will be improvements required to the interior so that we comply with current building regulations for a public building, including improved disabled facilities.
Reverend David Brewster will continue to live in the vicarage on Berlin Road, formerly attached to St Mark's Church but now to be designated St. Matthew’s Vicarage.
We also plan to open up the interior of the church building to make a more flexible space, suitable for different styles of worship as well as for performance and display, with a creche area, better disabled access and a more open and welcoming entrance. All this will be done in a way that is sensitive to the historic character of the building.
We are very excited about these plans, and look forward to sharing more news with you as progress is made!