We’re delighted that planning permission has been granted for our new church and community centre, right in the heart of Ringlestone, and we can unveil a first look at the new building.
St Faith’s Church has a long history of service to and support from the residents of Ringlestone in Maidstone. The church hall on the corner of Chatham Road and Moncktons Lane has been a much-loved and much-used community facility since 1935, but sadly it is showing its age, not readily accessible, and is no longer fit for purpose.
The main church of St Faiths, nearly ¾ of a mile away in the town centre, as proudly as it stands beside the delightful Brenchley Gardens, is also less useful than it once was to its designated parish area.
The dwindling number of people living in the town centre and the growing families around Ringlestone and Springfield to the north made it obvious that there was so much more that we could do for the community that brings St Faiths to life if we were right there at its midst. After much prayer and careful consideration, we decided to replace the old hall with a bright, new, modern building which would be both our church home and a much improved community facility.
The new centre will welcome visitors with a light and airy entrance into a central meeting area with café facilities, that connects the main hall and smaller resource rooms.
Ground level facilities are completed with a generous kitchen and a meeting room which is designed to accommodate a nursery school or day-care facility, complete with its own secure access and separable toilets.
Upstairs are five more multipurpose resource and meeting rooms with lift access, providing many flexible possibilities for all the existing and new community groups that could make use of them.
The inside flows naturally out into the back garden, a tranquil space for meeting and sharing.
With an emphasis on inclusivity throughout, the new building will provide much-needed space for all the local community to enjoy, and a vibrant place to worship our Creator God in all His Glory.
And what will become of the old church building in Brenchley Gardens, with its familiar-to-all clock tower? It will continue to be a place of Christian worship for long to come. Another church congregation with vision for the town centre is preparing to take over occupancy and keep alive its legacy of Glory to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen!