St Mark’s Church in Scarisbrick have been awarded £30,000 towards their Annex “Lighthouse” Project from the Lancashire Environmental Fund.
The Lancashire Environmental Fund (LEF) is a partnership between SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd, Lancashire County Council, The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside and Community Futures.
The Fund has distributed over £25m of Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) grants support to community and environmental projects which benefit the environment and people of Lancashire since its start in 1998. The Fund is supported financially by SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd, Lancashire County Council and various third party funders.
St Mark’s is apparently the largest parish in Lancashire, but with a large farming community embracing some fifteen dispersed hamlets, a population of 3,244. A new housing estate with a population of 700 is planned for an area just outside the parish boundary. There are over 90 on the electoral roll.
St Mark’s Parish Hall lies about 100m to the north of the church, just behind St Mark’s Primary School. The Hall is available for hire by the local community. Graveyards are located to the North and North-West. St Mark’s also has a daughter church, the Good Shepherd Mission in Smithy Lane, about two miles to the South-East.
Sunday morning services are held at 11am (St Mark’s) and 9.30am (Good Shepherd). At St Mark’s, the first Sunday of the month is all-age worship, the remainder is Common Worship Holy Communion. There is also a service for St Mark’s Primary School on the first Monday of the month during term times.
The average attendances at the main services are over 40 adults at St Marks and 10 at the Good Shepherd.
St Mark’s Church has several groups/organisations, including:
o Prayer group;
o Toddler and adults;
o Lunch club;
o OYM (On Your Mark’s) youth group.
St Mark’s church is a simple building with Nave and Chancel. There is a Porch to the South-West, a Vestry to the North of the chancel and a gallery to the West. The Nave is fitted with pews. The church does not have level access, with three steps up into the Porch and four to the Vestry, although temporary ramps are available. There are no toilet facilities within the church. The Hall has toilets and there are two external toilets on the route to the Hall, but these are not fit for use and down two steps. There is no kitchen. There is nowhere suitable for small informal meetings or for private conversation and prayer.
The church has considered it’s various needs and agreed the following is required:
- A disabled-friendly access route into church to help wheelchair-users, the elderly, parents with buggies, funeral processions, etc.
- A modern WC, accessible to all.
- A kitchen for the preparation of hot drinks and snacks.
- A meeting area to accommodate twenty people. This would allow fellowship after services and could also accommodate small meetings, groups, PCC meetings, etc.
- Space for buggies and wheelchairs.
These are necessary improvements to assist the church in its worship and mission. We are looking to become a “Child-friendly church” and a “Disabled-friendly church”.
We have carefully budgeted and planned the project.
Since the summer of 2018 we have begin fundraising for this much needed project.
Fundraising began with a Concert in the summer raising £600.
Details here- http://stmarkschurchscarisbrick.co.uk/category/concert
As of December this how our fundraising efforts have progressed:
Grants: £5000 (£3500 Rank Pebbles and £1000 Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund, £500 West Lancs Borough Council Community Chest), £30,000 the Lancashire Environmental Fund Grant.
Own church fundraising: £1400
Members giving: £6700
A big thank-you to the Rank Foundation, Duchy of Lancaster , Lancashire Environmental Fund and West Lancs Borough Council for their generous funding awards.
Next year we can begin work with the funds raised and allocated existing church funding. We have applied to other funding bodies and will continue to do so.
Please get in touch if you would like to make a donation. We need your help.
St Marks Church, Southport Road, Scarisbrick, Ormskirk Lancs
Tel: 01704 889355