Our Project Group is a small planning group that has an important task. It is trying to secure and extend the buildings of the Church.
Why? So that the Church can continue as an important source of Community in Darwen. This means that money matters become important. The Church needs to move forward with sound accommodation and modern facilities if it is to be effective.
You are invited to support the project by visiting us when our various activities are taking place. You will be assured of a warm and friendly welcome. Please tell your relatives, friends and neighbours and the rest of the community whenever the opportunity arises.
These were the Project Group's Terms of Reference when it was established in spring 2005: To source and secure £1,500,000 funding for the following projects:
Yes, this was a vision of a long term project. A vision of there being a purpose-built community centre that will provide facilities for different groups of all ages. Meeting rooms, new kitchen facilities and car parks are planned.
And a great place for concerts using the splendid organ.
'The Project' was launched on Saturday 5th February with a Gift Day, which raised £1500. An evening with Terry Waite raised £2000. The Spring Fayre, donations and concerts have helped.
Many more events have taken place since then and many are planned for the future. So far the work of the group has as successful as we could have hoped at the start. The first thing we managed was the replacement of the central heating boilers.
The latest achievement, in 2009, was the completion of the roof refurbishment and the interior decoration of the ceiling over the nave. A wonderful start has been made on the windows with the installation of the Darwen Heritage Window.
This is important work for a Church sits in the town centre as an important building.
But of equal, indeed more importance, is the life that goes on there: The Church has been a place of worship since 1829.
And as well as all this, in a fast moving world of changing values the Church remains one of the places where people will publicly stand up for what is Good and reject what isn't.
We know that the Church will be supported because it is important in all these ways.
The Project Group's job is to organise the support and continue to hit its challenging targets. Existing facilities have to be maintained and there is a need for a new centre for community work.