IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CARNWADRIC CHURCH
Recently there has been several break-in’s at Carnwadric Church, the most recent in June this year, and the one that caused the most damage in August 2019. The reason for writing this letter to the community is to let you know what happens when there is a break-in and to say thank you for the huge amount of support that we have received from people in Arden, Carnwadric, Kennishead and Regent’s Park.
Whenever there is a break-in and vandalism at the church, we have to put this right. This involves church volunteers and staff from the Rainbow Projects and Carnwadric WIN Project cleaning up the building, calling tradespeople to get them to make repairs, and replacing broken items. This requires time that could be used to serve the community and money which must be provided by the church and the projects.
It is costing us a lot of money every time there is a break-in and going forward this will have a serious impact on the church and the projects. What will happen if we can no longer afford to pay for the repairs and keep the building safe for everyone in the community to use? If this happens, we may have to stop some of the work that we are doing, and this will affect local families and the older people in the community who come to the groups that are offered. If the church is no longer able to stay open, this means the projects would have to look at finding somewhere else to run their activities. We do not want this to happen and we know that people in the community would not want this to happen.
When the church was broken in to in August 2019 the damage to the building cost thousands of pounds to repair and we were quite overwhelmed by the kindness of local people, community groups, and other churches who offered us support. Following the recent break-in, we would once again like to say thank you to everyone for offers of support. Some people have asked us if they can support us financially. This is greatly appreciated, and if you would like to do so then please see our “Virgin Giving” page which is on our Facebook page and church website. Details are provided about how you can donate.
Carnwadric Church has been part of the local community for many years, through the long ministry of our previous Minister, Graeme Bell, who is now retired and as we move in to the future with our new Minister, Jim Gemmell, we are really looking forward to continuing our relationship with our many friends in the local community.
Our vision for the future is to continue to provide a safe place for everyone to meet in for worship and for community activities. Please keep in touch with us, through Facebook and the Church Website. We are hoping that as we come out of lockdown that the church building will be able to reopen as a quiet space for the community to use. We will let you know about this as soon as possible.
Thank you for taking time to read this letter and for your interest in Carnwadric Church.
Mary Gargrave (Deacon) James Gemmell (Minister)