Wednesday, August 05, 2009

How would you use £10,000 to grow your church?

St Andrew's Church in South Warnborough in Hampshire, has won Country Life magazine Village Church for Village Life Award. Prize £10,000.

With a membership of 22 the church is running a competition to find the best way to use the "Survival Fund" prize.

The Telegraph reports that: "St Andrew's is following a growing trend for churches, because of dwindling congregations, to double up as post offices, farmers' markets and even police stations. The church is now playing host to schools, concerts, and is working with community businesses such as the village shop."

I am in favour of connecting to our community but somehow I don't think turning our churches into post offices is top of the agenda. Why do we think that doubling up as a police station will suddenly see people flocking back to church. Maybe we should be the church and tell people about Jesus!

So with £10,000 what would you do to help your community learn about Jesus?


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