The early years
As a church we have a short but lively history! Thanks to a visionary and pioneering Archdeacon some land was bought and a vicarage built right in the centre of a planned large new housing estate. In November 1971 Rev. Tim Leech was appointed Priest in charge of the conventional district of West Bessacarr. As a new population settled into the new estate, Tim and other Christians welcomed people and began building a sense of community within West Bessacarr. The vicarage and attached meeting room church were soon overflowing with adults and children as the church began to expand. A church and centre was built near to the vicarage and next to the shops. It very quickly became a hive of activity with the church setting up a number of activities. These included a large senior citizens club, a large toddler group and a popular scout group, guiding groups and Mothers Union. Many other community groups were either set up by the church or encouraged to use the church premises. While all this community building activity went on Sunday school and church attendance continued to rise and rise. The community and the church were truly thriving!
A new building for a new estate (Vintage photos of the new church building)
Since those early years the church has undergone many changes as each new vicar has brought their own gifts, experience and emphasis. As with all churches a history is full of great blessings and joys but also some times of significant pain. Knowing our history and learning from it is crucial as we seek to develop into the next phase of our life together.