Building the future

2016-08-23 06:00
Roger Prideaux, warden at St Andrew’s Church in Newlands, in front of the historic building where the parish has plans for new development. PHOTO: gary van dyk

Roger Prideaux, warden at St Andrew’s Church in Newlands, in front of the historic building where the parish has plans for new development. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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Parishioners at St Andrews Anglican in Kildare Road are preparing to make an important addition to the historical building – a new hall to serve their community better.

Quarried from Table Mountain sandstone, the walls of this church have borne witness to over a century of living; from the ordinary, the extraordinary and everything in between.

Roger Prideaux, warden at the church, explains that those stones hold many memories from life’s journey; those of pain and comfort, love and marriage, birth and loss.

“Standing solid and dependable all this time, these walls have held the aspirations of a vibrant, yet changing community, offering God’s life-giving and healing presence,” he says.

“Our mission is to serve and to fulfil this mission, we envision a new inclusive, flexible and nurturing space that will meet the evolving needs of our parish and community.

“As leaders in our community it is time for us to come together to raise funds to build a new space that will enrich lives and forge bonds for generations to come. A space for peers to connect over coffee, a safe haven for teens to gather, a library to offer support and resources, a place for members to meet and work, a quiet place for reflection and a place of celebration.”

Prideaux also points out that with these planned renovations their neighbours Kildare Pre-Primary will also gain renovated classrooms as well as a new entrance, reception and office spaces and much needed new kitchen and toilet facilities.

“The space currently used as the hall will be redeveloped and returned to the original use as classrooms for the pupils of Kildare Pre-Primary.”

He adds that with plans for the new hall to be a benefit to the wider community they are calling for sponsors and assistance to make it a reality.

“The new hall will house many more spaces that can be used for youth groups, people seeking retreat venues, meeting spaces and other social gatherings. These spaces will be available anytime during the week and this will allow the church to become a venue of choice for the parish as well as the wider community.

“In order to lay the foundation for the future we need your support to raise the funds for the new St Andrew’s Community Hall.

“There are many ways to get involved depending on your skills, capacity and time. Be assured that every contribution, no matter the size, will help us lay more bricks.”

V For more information on how you can make the project a reality email, or call 021 674 3851.

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