Mission Apostle

 

Horray... we have just met our target !

 

GREAT NEWS!
 
We are also very grateful to two other charities, Dorset Historic Churches Trust who granted us £10,000 and the Erskine Mouton Trust who granted £25,000. These are both far in excess of their usual grants. 
Finally of course there have been many local private donations and fund-raising activities and, as the Church Council, we are indeed indebted to you and very grateful. Please help us with the ‘final push’.....we simply need another £15,000!
 

THE WORK IS UNDERWAY – WHAT ABOUT CHRISTMAS?

 

On October 16th, a good group of people arrived at the church to ‘close it up’ so that the work on the roof could commence; thank you if that included you...and there will be need of your help in the future! The contractors and scaffolders arrived that morning too and the erection of the scaffolding began; this is what we had been working towards.

We held our Remembrance service on November 12th in the church and then the work continued. We will be back in our church too for the three services around Christmas; 10am on Christmas Eve, the great Christingle service at 6pm and 9:30 on Christmas morning.

We shall need lots of help on Saturday December 23rd to clean up and make the church ready for those services...9:30 am please any who feel they can come along a help...even for a little while. Many hands make light work!! We will also need help during the twelve days of Christmas to return it to a building site.

NATIONAL TREASURE IN DANGER  

 
MISSION APOSTLE is a project to  ensure that a unique part of history is preserved.
 
Cardinal Morton commissioned the roof carvings of lifesize Apostles which have survived the Ravages of the Reformation and the Civil War. 
 
Thomas Hardy drew inspiration from the local Turberville family
 

Age, weather and thinning , split lead are threatening the existence of our extraordinary church. 

 
WHEN WILL MISSION APOSTLE START?
It has already started! We hope to begin work in 2018.  We have got all the permissions - we just need the money!
 
HOW MUCH IS NEEDED?
We need to raise over £200, 000, for the main roof and part of the South aisle roof, plus other minor repairs.
 
The good news is that our small parish of 1700 souls has gifted or pledged about £23,000 and grants have increased this to about £79,000.
 
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Firstly by making your friends aware of the project.
Secondly by considering if you might make a DONATION TO MISSION APOSTLE
 
WITH YOUR HELP MISSION APOSTLE CAN SUCCEED
 
DONATIONS may be by cheque to Bere Regis Parochial Church Council at The Vicarage, West Street, Bere Regis, BH20 7HQ, BACS transfer to Sort Code 20-68-79 for the credit of Bere Regis PCC a/c no. 50975060. 
 
If you are a UK tax payer and wish Bere Regis PCC to claim Gift Aid on your donation please ensure that your full address and postcode are included. 
 
THANK YOU
 
MISSION APOSTLE  is a project to ensure that St John the Baptist Church remains open, as a place of worship, and as a place of history housing a unique part of our heritage.
 

We were joined at our Songs of Praise Service in June by many extra people, but particularly we were joined by a large group from the “Pop In Performers”.  At their last show they had raised a staggering one thousand five hundred pound plus, to be donated to the “Roof Fund”.  At the end of the service they presented our church wardens, with a very large cheque, followed by the singing of their favourite songs from the show. It was a lovely end to this special service.