“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power and the wonders He has done…. so that the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born. Psalm 78: 4,6".
For a number of years it has been recognised that an extension to the existing building would allow an expansion of the ministry and outreach of St Andrews. In November 2011 the church voted overwhelmingly to go ahead with an ambitious plan to build an annexe on the south side of the church. This would provide a welcome area, new kitchen, meeting rooms on two floors, crèche , youth room, café, toilets, lift/accessibility ramps and better storage. In addition, the project included refurbishment of the existing parish room, provision of staff offices, music room, prayer room, kitchenette, new entrance into main worship area, and refurbishment of the floor in the main church.
Money was raised almost entirely from the church family in the form of one off gifts and pledges. Grants were provided from a number of trusts including Oxfordshire Historic Churches Trust, The Jerusalem Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Beatrice Laing Trust and The Joseph Rank Trust.
Construction started in January 2014 and the building was opened on March 14/15 2015 by Rt Rev John Pritchard who had recently retired as Bishop of Oxford.
The vision for the new annexe was to provide ‘a resource for Christian mission and service in our community for generations to come’. And indeed it is already providing wonderful new opportunities in the ministry to families and young people, and outreach to the surrounding community.
Although the building work is complete and the rooms are in use – funds are still needed to furnish and equip the extension. You can do this through our Just Giving page https://my.give.net/standrewsjubileeproject