Staplehurst Free Church

Staplehurst Free Church

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Staplehurst Free Church

Staplehurst Free Church is an established and respected organisation, formed 40 years ago in 1969 in the village of Staplehurst, Kent as a fellowship of evangelical Christians. During its existence it has gained a good reputation for working in and amongst the local community. In June 2005, the church membership took the decision to demolish the existing church building and develop new premises on the same site. The existing building was structurally unsound, did not make best use of the site, and did not meet the needs of the growing church and burgeoning local population. The old buildings were accordingly demolished in March 2008 and the church now meets in a variety of locations in the village including the local primary school on Sunday mornings. Through a new building, the church members and friends could much better provide for the spiritual, emotional, physical and practical needs of local people.

A major aim of the re-building project (estimated cost £1. 8M) is that, within five years of development being completed, the new premises will be used by more than 22% of the households in the village each year, through a much broader range of activities, effectively more than doubling the value of the church building to the community. The new modern, multipurpose community building will provide: increased activities for children, youth, parents and carers; support, advice and counselling services; sport and leisure activities as well as church-based activities. This project is good value for money because it benefits so many different sectors of a large rural community which, in comparison to its size, is deprived of social and leisure facilities and support services. The project and the church as a whole have robust and reliable management systems, a very committed membership and there is financially sustainability in the long term.

Founded 1969