Work to increase welcome at Christ Church in Eaton 

Christ Church, Eaton is completing the final stages of its WelCome building project, with the aim of adapting the church building to become a more welcoming community resource.

On Friday, January 5 work began at Christ Church, Eaton to create a flexible worship and social area. It is the final stage of the church’s WelCome project, launched in 2015, to redesign the building to live up to the opening words of their mission statement to be, 'a welcoming church.'

The staged building project has included improving the heating, modernising the kitchen facilities, becoming more accessible and enlarging the social space.

The current work, which follows consultation of church members, will involve the removal of fixed pews in the South Aisle area and the availability of new, movable pews. This will enable the provision of more space in the Welcome area for events such as Lent lunches, exhibitions, Harvest suppers and also for hospitality around services and concerts.

Rev Patrick Richmond, Vicar of Christ Church, Eaton says: “Our new Welcome area with catering and disabled access facilities has been a great success and emphasised the potential to use more space for meals and social activities.

“Taking this next step will allow the vision of the welcome area, and indeed the church, to be realised and for the church to play a fuller role as a community resource”.

Photo: Work in progress; the new area next to the existing Welcome area, without the pews and before the treatment of the flooring.

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