Currently there is not a single church building of any denomination in this area. This means that residents have no church they can go to for Weddings or Funerals. Technically, residents can have children baptised at Gleneagles Church, but very few parents want their children baptised in a school hall and in the last five years we have conducted baptisms for only two families. This is in stark contrast with St Marks, our nearest neighbouring parish, where Baptisms are conducted almost weekly.
Gleneagles Church has worshipped in the local primary school hall for 22 years, but the church community is now reaching the capacity of the building. Currently the area served by Gleneagles Church lacks a building large enough for public worship and which is recognisable as a church serving this community. The lack of a suitable community building also limits the range of activities that the church can offer to the local community.
The further growth planned for the area with the proposed development to the north-west of Wellingborough of 3000 houses will double the catchment area of Gleneagles Church. Obviously, this factor doubles the need for a church building which will also serve as a community facility in the long-term.
The existing ministries of Gleneagles Church include:
Limitations are placed on several of the above through the lack of having a church building.
Ministries we would like to develop include:
We would also be eager to invite community groups to come and use the facilities. Groups that are charitable organisations, such as Scouts, Guides, Sea Cadets, etc., will be charged minimal amounts to cover costs. Other groups will be able to hire the facilities for regular activities, conferences and events.
We believe a church building which can act as a centre for the community will be a real and sustainable asset for the area. This will be a building which is recognisable as a church and used for church services and activities and which is also available for community use six days a week with a wide variety of activities for all ages and community groups.