HELP! All Saints Church Shirley Croydon & Vicar – UNDER THREAT
Our plan is to raise money by re-developing our church hall site. This site is owned by the Parochial Church Council (PCC), of All Saints Church. All Saints already are working closely with our lawyers and developers. However as with any development, money has to be spent before money can be made.
To run All Saints Church currently it costs approximately £2,000 a month.
The funds raised from here will go towards maintaining the church, paying the architects and lawyers fees, a pump for the church boiler room, as well as the parish’s monetary contribution that is required to the Diocese.
The church hall site will be developed into a new local community hall, as well as new affordable mixed dwellings for people to live. The new hall and facilities will be available for the extended community of Shirley, with the hope to start a new nursery as well.
We are undertaking various fundraising ideas and looking at various ways to raise money for All Saints Church. Though we still need your help.
All Saints Church Spring Park, is a Grade 2 listed building in Croydon. The Church was built in 1956. The church was built by the famous architect Curtis Green. Who has completed many well known buildings within the UK. All Saints is only one of two churches built by the architect. The church hall was built approximately four years prior to church. Worship at All Saints was conducted originally in an old world war 2 hut, then the hall before the current Grade 2 listed building was completed.
In 1998 the current vicar in residence moved to the parish. The vicar inherited a church in financial difficulties, for which it was in due to various reasons. It has to be said that since the Vicars arrival the area has grown in equality, inclusiveness and faith. The financial troubles have to an extent been turned around by our current vicar. However more still needs to be done and we have further to go.
All Saints Church however now needs your help as the area demographics have changed.
There is an increased number of lower income families. Some of these families have limited means to help the Church. This is due to them being shift workers, on zero contract hours and single parent families. However, the church congregation and extended community and parish as a whole still require the church's facilities and pastoral care of the resident vicar.
This could never be more true now with the current climate. During this Covid-19 pandemic the work of All Saints Church still continues. The work of the church has to continue now more so than ever. As people need hope, guidance and faith.
In 2016 the Diocese of Southwark moved away from a form of required contribution called Fairer Shares. This scheme relied on wealthier parishes supporting the less wealthy parishes.
The new scheme called Parish Support Fund means that the parish has to now wholly pay its own way, whereas before it had help.
This new scheme was introduced so quickly that All Saints hasn’t had a chance to flourish. In the same year, the Bishop of Southwark brought an Inhibition and Visitation against the vicar, without any prior knowledge and for no apparent reason. To date no reason has been given for the Inhibition and Visitation.
This action destabilised the Parish and made the finances worse. The money from the new dwellings will help with the refurbishment and continued maintenance of the Church.
The Diocese have drafted plans to close the Church and remove the vicars post from the Church with the closure.
The raised funds and re development of the church hall site will make the parish viable. This will stop the closure of All Saints. It will also keep the vicar in place to carry out God’s work.
Please HELP SAVE All Saints and Save the Vicar’s job to enable this to happen.
- Chad Budhdeo
- Ryan Binun
- James Clarke
- Kweku Quartey
Organiser and beneficiary
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