Fit for the Future - update 

An update on St Matthew’s re-ordering plans. We are slowly making progress!

What’s this all about?

You will hopefully recall that, following consultation, St Matthew’s have committed to making the church building more flexible, accessible and comfortable by replacing the fixed pews with chairs and installing a new heating system. The plans also involve some minor levelling of the floor and laying a new carpet. We are also planning to redecorate the nave (the main seating area), which is a major project involving scaffolding.

So how far have we got?

We already have permission and funding for the redecoration, and are in the final stages of seeking formal approval for the seating/flooring project. We are doing some extra work on the heating plans before formally seeking approval to proceed with this. We have identified some - but not all - of the funding for the heating/seating/flooring project.

What is the timescale?

We have committed to the redecoration work during October. During this time we will not be able to hold our main 11am services in church and will instead be holding these services (1st to 29th October inclusive) in Harwell Village Hall. We hope still to be able to use the chancel for the 8am and evening services.

We hope also to do the seating/flooring work during October, if we are granted permission in time and contractors can be lined up, but this is currently uncertain. Alternatively the seating/flooring work could be done in the New Year. The heating aspect of the project would not happen until early 2018.

How can I get involved?

  • Firstly, please pray for the project, for permissions and funding, and that it would help our mission to Grow God’s Church, wider, deeper and closer.
  • Secondly, please consider whether you might be able to make a financial gift towards the seating, the heating, or both, and whether you might like to donate a chair/chairs in memory of a loved one (see separate leaflet).
  • Thirdly, please consider whether you might like to buy a pew. Some are already spoken for, but there are still some available. Have a word with Liz Roberts (834295 or lizzyroberts333@gmail.com) if you are interested.


For further information about the project and a downloadable copy of the fundraising leaflet click here.