At the beginning of July, I preached at our church in Newport Pagnell, where Revd Jenny Mills is the minister. The church buildings are right in the heart of the town. I was impressed to hear about their mission to the community. As you expect from Jenny, their mission is clearly and simply presented in a framed poster in the entrance to the church; which states: In the centre of the town – at the heart of the community. Although you won’t be able to read it, there are statements which give insights into how the church will deliver their mission. These cover a lot of ground, including: worship, welcome, inclusivity, social justice, communication, environmental and financial stewardship.
As an outward sign of their mission, the church has decided to redevelop their Mead Centre. The Mead Centre is a well-used but dilapidated hall complex. Their vision is to knock it down and rebuild it into a modern resource with a large hall, four meeting rooms, a sensory room, two differently sized kitchens and other facilities enabling an even wider range of community groups and activities. The cost is estimated at £660,000 … and they are more than half way to reaching it! Well done; the Newport Pagnell URC is definitely alive and kicking!
Following the service there was a buffet lunch which allowed me some more time to get to talk to people, and to learn a little more about their activities.
A great visit … somewhat different from the last time I visited Newport Pagnell when I was part of a consulting team working for Aston Martin (in the days when their factory was in Newport Pagnell)!