I may be the only Vicar in the Church of England who loves building projects. I love them for two reasons. First, because our buildings are an integral part of the gospel we proclaim. They are the physical home of the local congregation and they need to reflect something of the warmth, light, joy and hospitality of the God we worship. Secondly, quality buildings spawn ministry. They become a magnet for the local community and therefore a means of proclaiming the gospel in a multitude of different ways. St Johns Church is a beautiful building and I am so excited that you are now on the edge of creating further quality space. With all the passion I can muster I want to say – ‘Go for it!’
David Bracewell, Former Rector of St. Saviours Guildford
I have been impressed by the community ministry led by the Rev. Jeff Wattley and am sure this Church Centre will help fulfil your mission – an ambitious project which will be of benefit to the greater community of Egham, particularly in the provision of pastoral care and counselling facilities much needed in this modern age.
Councillor John Ashmore, Egham Town Ward, Runnymede BC
I recently had the opportunity on a visit to St. John’s to see at first hand the plans for the proposed new Church Centre. They are imaginative, exciting and dramatic. The motivation behind it all is one of generous service to all in the community. The envisaged Centre will provide much needed facilities for the Church to serve local community organisations as well as for St. John’s own needs. Elsewhere in this brochure you will see how this can happen. St. John’s is rightly proud of the way it has so far been able to offer its ministries and its premises to the community, albeit the present church hall is really inadequate. So much more will become available and be on offer. What
is really impressive is the deep commitment of those who are involved in this project, both in their prayerful vision and in their dedication to the task. Now you are invited to play your part and have a share in this wonderful future by responding generously in any way you can, so that you can be part of the action!
Rt Revd Ian James Brackley, Bishop of Dorking