PLANS FOR THE PRESBYTERY IN THE SPIRIT OF POPE FRANCIS

The priest's house was built in 1907 for 3 priests and 2 housekeepers. Over the last 30 years priests living alone have tried to use the size of the house to good effect with visiting priests, lodgers etc. The time has now come to radically change the house so it can be used in a way that benefits the whole parish and provides private living space for the parish priest and any visiting priests or students. It doesn't feel right that the priest should live in the biggest house in the parish so we have to look at how we can use this great asset better. The plan is to make the whole of downstairs public space with a seminar/conference room, a meeting room and a communal kitchen and dining room. These rooms will be available to parish groups and to the schools. Upstairs one of the large guest rooms will be changed into a living room and kitchen for the priest and a new wall will be put in so that upstairs will be effectively a small private apartment and there will be a couple of guest rooms on the other side. This is a lot of work and will totally upgrade the building. The estimated cost is £47,000. This work will give us an asset for years to come. We will be applying to the All Churches Trust for a grant of £40,000. Please pray for this funding bid as it provides a real opportunity to get the work done. If you feel able to help fund the work then obviously donations are welcome. Pope Francis took the brave decision to live in a small apartment rather than a palace and although the house is not a palace it seems right to follow that example.

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/safegorton