St John’s Building For the Future Campaign
A Quiz Night in November raised £2,000 for the new building at St John's Church, Redhill — and the following Saturday their annual Christmas Fair took place. This popular event, run by A Good Yarn (one of the many groups within the church), raised a further £850 to add to the £1.7million already raised towards the £2.3million for the new parish centre, which is rising fast out of the ground.
Funds are now being raised by another project - sponsoring a slate for the roof either in your own name or in the name of someone else. Suggested donations for this are £10 and people can also buy a "column" or a stained glass window, for bigger donations. Appeal chairman Chris Clapham can be contacted for more information on 07785 320339.
In just a couple of weeks’ time, on Saturday December 3, a huge variety of entertainment is planned during one Christmas Concert. This will feature Rock Choirs, who have performed at the church before, run by one of the members of the church choir Becky Hitchcock, plus St John’s Songmen, then a performance by the church’s handbell group and solos sung by director of music Ginette Nye. Entrance is by donation, with the evening beginning at 6pm.
Two recent events have raised more than £1,000 for the new parish centre fundraising appeal.
The first was a Pimms and croquet evening at The Vicarage and the second was a comedy and barbecue evening in the church. The latter featured the GASP! Theatre Company, which included Sophie Kronenberg, daughter of our vicar John, in the group which will be heading to the Edinburgh Fringe festival in August.
We thank everyone for contributing to these two events.
A fantastic total of £1,143 was raised at the annual plant sale at St John’s Church, on Saturday 14 May 2016.
As well as an abundance of plants from ferns to leeks, a garden related bric-a-brac stall proved popular, as did a stall run by A Good Yarn, a craft group within the church’s community. Many of the cakes on the refreshment stall had been baked by Afta8z, one of the church’s youth groups. The event was attended by two RHS horticulturalists who gave purchasers advice. One was Laura Ient and the other was Renee Canter, who collected her first entrant for the 2nd Blooming Earlswood competition which she is running this year.
Visitors were able to see how work on the new £2.3million parish centre, next to the church, is progressing. About £1.6million has been raised so far. Revd John Kronenberg said: “We’ve had great support from the community which just goes to show the affection people have for this beautiful church. We’re looking forward to many more community events based in and around the church.”
The next event is Pimms at the Vicarage (entry by donation) from 7.30pm on Friday 3 June. There will also be a chance to try croquet on the lawn.
Our EasyFundraising account raised £135 in the first quarter of the year and now stands at £649. This is as a result of all the purchases made online by those who have signed up to the cause on our page. Thank you for your support.
Later this year we have a comedy and barbecue summer social for all the family on Saturday 18 June, in the church.
Pimms at the Vicarage is also planned, for Friday 8 July.
Later in the year, on Saturday 10 September, we are putting on a concert at St Mark’s Church, Reigate, featuring the return of the Bibby Duo who performed so memorably for us last year, and also Carol Boyd, who plays Lynda Snell in the Archers.
We are also planning another auction, in November – this time of promises, so if you have skills or gifts, or contacts who could supply services to be auctioned, please get in touch.
Finally, to end the year on a high note, on Saturday 3 December, the combined local Rock Choirs and our own St John’s Songmen will return after their barnstorming performance last year, for another entertaining evening of popular culture songs.
We will bring you more details closer to the events on our website and on our Twitter feed https://twitter.com/StJohnsRedhill, or you can get in touch with us at our - who has offered to use his long expertise in the antiques trade to run the sale and would welcome hearing from anyone who would like to contribute items, whether as gifts or on a percentage commission basis. These might include antique or contemporary furniture, porcelain, pottery and glass, pictures, books, silver and plate, jewellery, clocks, metalwork, or collectors’ items.
Part of the auction will also allow people to donate their talents, services and promises. Maybe you could promise to do an afternoon's gardening, an evening's singing, or donate a meal for two at a restaurant.
A fantastic amount of just over £300,000 has been raised for the Building for the Future Campaign. This was through donations on Gift Day as well as those given, monthly or as a one-off contribution, ahead of Gift Day after the fundraising campaign’s launch day in September. This is a wonderful start to our fundraising as we aim to raise £2 million for the new church building, which will provide a dedicated, on-site space for our many groups and St John’s related activities.
Various activities, including the dinner with dancing last September and the Nativity production by Gatton Community Theatre, have raised more than £5,000 and further fundraising events have now been planned for the new year.
These range from a classical music concert at the end of April and a concert involving the local Rock Choir in July (as scheduled by our new music sub-committee to take advantage of the popular idea of holding music events in the church), to a plant sale (May or June) and an auction of antiques and promises in early October.
Suggestions and enthusiasm continue to pour in, from setting up an eBay account for the church to sell unwanted items (someone has volunteered to run this if anyone has items to donate) to collecting ink cartridges and old mobile phones and sending them off and receiving donations back again. The BFFFC appreciates all such ideas, and would love to find people who can take on and manage such projects and tasks.
Please keep revisiting this website for updates on exact dates in the coming weeks and months.
Meanwhile, please continued to use our EasyFundraising site when shopping online, via http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/panel/ and searching for 'St John's new building appeal'.
Gatton Community Theatre's production The Nativity, a dramatised reading, was held at St John’s Church on Sunday 4 January at 6.30pm and proceeds shared between GCT and the St John's Church Building for the Future Campaign.
Written for Gatton Community Theatre by John Durnin, Nativity was performed at Gatton Park in 2001 and 2004 and in recent years has visited local churches during Advent and Epiphany. This contemporary play was written especially for adults and through storytelling explores some of the human experiences of the characters. As well as including the more uplifting elements of Matthew’s and Luke’s accounts the play also embraces some of the more painful aspects of the Gospels – the slaughter of the innocents and the flight into Egypt.
We had a very enjoyable Puppet Show on Sunday 14 December with Jo and Mia, followed by squash and cakes.
A Good Yarn raised a fantastic sum of at least £835 for the Building for the Future Fundraising Campaign at St John's when it held a Christmas Sale of Work in the church last Saturday. The final few hand-crafted hedgehogs, hats, scarves and cakes were sold at the 10.30am morning service, along with the final few squares of the 100-square raffle to win one of the lovingly crafted items.
A Good Yarn, a social group whose members craft many items, is one of the many groups within the St John's community which will benefit when the new building is built.
You can follow the new building activities on Twitter @StJohnsNewBuild where we hope to capture new audiences and spread the word about our cause. Another way to support us is to use http://stjohnscha.easysearch.org.uk/ if you shop online, using 2,700 retailers.
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About 150 members of the congregation shared the excitement at the Building For the Future Fundraising Campaign (BFFFC) launch to raise funds for St John’s new building.
Teddy bears abseiled down the church tower, the scouts put on races on chariots made from wood and ropes and people enjoyed a picnic outside the church as they learnt more about and discussed the £2 million project.
The occasion, combined with a fantastic dinner and dancing evening at Redhill and Reigate Golf Club featuring the band Plane Crazy, raised just over £3,300 towards the cause.
At the launch day, parishioners had the chance to put forward fundraising ideas and came up with suggestions such as puppet shows, events using the church’s musical strengths and many other ideas.
The new building will allow the church to cater for its existing members, young and old, and to expand its reach within the community.
One group within the church, A Good Yarn, will be holding a Christmas Sale of Work on November 22, from 10am to noon in the church. Items for sale include handmade hats, scarves, house ware and novelties, perfect for Christmas presents.
Then on Sunday November 30, a Gift Day will be held. This will be a chance for parishioners, regular or occasional, to make their donation to the project. This could be as a one-off gift or by committing to a monthly contribution. This has been a highly successful way used by other churches to raise money for such projects.
There will be an opportunity to hear more about the Gift Day in services leading up to the day, which marks the beginning of Advent, a time when we think of the “arrival” or “coming” of Jesus. In a similar fashion, we at St John’s are heralding in a new era by providing a place for our existing community to meet - for example after services and for our young people’s Sunday groups - and for future generations as we expand our work within the community.
Find out More
Details of the fundraising and events will appear in weekly church service notices sheet Pews News, the monthly magazine and on the website. For further enquiries about the Building For the Future Fundraising Campaign or to offer ideas and help email .