South Scarle church refurb provides worship place and community space

After months of closure, St Helena’s Church, South Scarle, is re-opening its doors as both a refurbished place of worship and a community centre.+ Tony at South Scarle refurb

The Bishop of Sherwood, the Rt Revd Tony Porter is presiding over the official dedication and blessing on Sunday 2nd February at 12 noon. It will be an informal village event, followed by a buffet lunch, to which all are welcome.

The project involved removing the pews from the nave and installing new heating, flooring and lighting – freeing the nave to become South Scarle Community Centre – whilst preserving the chancel for worship. It was begun several years ago when the Revd David Milner was vicar, but completed under the current incumbent, the Revd David Yabbacome.

“This is a project I was delighted to inherit,” says David. “For me it represents a continuation of thinking and action from my last parish – where I led the building of a new transept, including community space, to a George Gilbert Scott church. The way I try to get people to think of such developments is that the church is giving Godly space to God’s people, not just the ones who might be churchgoers, but many of whom are not. A joy of the South Scarle project is that it has been funded largely from charitable trusts, and ably led by fantastic Wardens, who have a good feel for how the church might serve the village.”

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