Supporting a parish anchored in eternity
In 2023, we will celebrate the 900th anniversary of the founding of the ancient Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great. This is a moment not only to acknowledge the lives that have been touched by our Church’s ministry, but also a time to reflect on our role as stewards of such an extraordinary legacy.
It is a great joy to turn 900. It is also a mandate. One hundred years from now, when our community comes together to mark St Bart’s Millennial, we hope that they will be building on strong foundations, secured by us in our generation as we, in turn, build on the work of generations before.
Our vision, based on a collective ambition to restore and protect the church’s fabric, improve its facilities and invest in its music programme, is an exciting one. At ground and triforium (upper) levels, as well as in the surrounding external space, we have an opportunity to reimagine the possibilities for worship, healing and cultural activity. The plan encompasses sensitive preservation of our heritage, alongside the creation of physical spaces and new initiatives that support our mission and ministry. It also invites us to transform a currently underutilised site into a beating heart of fellowship, friendship, education and support, for all those who come through our doors.
There is so much potential here and the 900th anniversary gives us a wonderful opportunity to realise an inspiring £10 million vision, pledged over the next five years. I hope you will want to be part of it.
With every blessing,
The Reverend Marcus Walker, Rector