St Mary’s Church has had a special place in the lives of those who live and work in Twickenham for generations.
As we consider afresh what Christ is calling His Church to be and to do at the heart of this community in the years ahead, we take the opportunity to explore how the fabric of our beautiful building can be maintained and improved. To help us meet the changing needs we, as our predecessors before us, must rise to the challenge of reinterpreting St Mary’s to allow it to be an aesthetically appealing, culturally uplifting, socially committed and compassionate place.
After much thought, prayer, and debate we are embarking on Opening Up St Mary’s, a project to transform the interior of the church. We aim to create a flexible and accessible space unconstrained by formal pews, to enable St Mary’s to meet the wider needs of the community it serves much more effectively.
Please respond as generously as you can so we can sympathetically transform the interior of our church, that it may offer Christ’s love to future generations, as it has committed itself to do for you, your children and so many others down the centuries.
If you are interested in finding out more, please read on and if you would like to speak to us about the project, details for contacting us are overleaf.
With blessings and best wishes
Rev’d Jeff Hopkin Williams
Vicar of St Mary’s Twickenham
Opening Up St Mary’s
The fixed pews will be replaced by specially designed stackable benches which can be temporarily moved to create a flexible open space in the centre of the church. A wooden floor will be installed flush with existing flagstones and improvements made to the heating system.
The church will also be redecorated (last carried out 30 years ago), so that it may remain a welcoming, attractive and affirming place for worship and fellowship. The works proposed will enable the church:
To be the cultural and spiritual heart of our community by hosting a wider range of activities such as concerts and exhibitions.
To address social needs. In recognising the fragmentation of society, we endeavour to nurture a deeper sense of community by offering hospitality to various groups in a flexible, accessible space throughout the week.
To serve our growing community by creating a large open area in addition to the Church Hall that can accommodate larger groups, such as pupils at our Church School. Over the years the school has tripled in size and we can no longer accommodate all the pupils in the current pew configuration.