Reordering of Church Lawton 2013

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undefinedAll Saints' Church, in Church Lawton, near Alsager (in the extreme south-east of our diocese) raised 50,000 to introduce much-needed changes to the front of the building. The alterations include the construction of a ramp for people in wheelchairs, and the renewing of facilities for audio visual presentations.

The Bishop of Stockport visited the church earlier in the summer and congratulated the church members on their faith and their forward-thinking in making the changes.

The front of the church had remained unchanged for several decades, and better use of the available space was the reason for making the changes.

Eighty people attended a celebration service and joined in food and drink afterwards. Bishop Robert and the architect John Carter mingled with the congregation to talk and answer questions.

The Revd Graham Joyce, Rector of Church Lawton, said money for the project had been given mostly by church members in addition to their regular giving to church funds. Also, legacy had been received from the late Rose Coates, and Church Lawton Parish Council had made a small donation.

A recent growth point for All Saints’ is ‘Messy Church’ (an all-age form of worship, involving crafts, food and Bible teaching). It meets every month. Some 35 people attend Messy Church at All Saints’ and many of its members later go on to opt for baptisms and confirmations.

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Above - Vicar Graham at the re-ordered end of All Saints’ Church