St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden

2023 and Beyond

We want to be a welcoming church for the 21st century. Whilst retaining the character of our historic building with some simple changes, we can create an exciting space for worship, pilgrimage, music and the arts.
£248,519
raised of £293,000 target
by 24 supporters
RCN CoE627782

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Story

St Mary Magdalene recently reached a major milestone in its history. In 2020 the church turned an amazing 800 years old. We had plans to embark on a church refurbishment project that year however due to Covid this was postponed.

But now our '2023 and beyond project' is in place, and we need your support to help us raise nearly £300,000. We pray you can assist us on this epic journey. If you are able to make a monthly pledge or significant donation you can do that online right now!

If you have any queries please do email me direct at rector@greathampden.org.uk .

Thank you in advance and good wishes to you! You are always welcome to attend a Sunday service at 11.15am.

PROJECT UPDATE

February 2024

Great Hampden Prize Raffle

Many thanks to everyone who bought tickets for the Great Hampden Prize Raffle. It raised over £3,300 towards the last £60,000 that we need to raise to finish the job and redecorate the church. Prize winners are being notified of their prizes. A huge thank you to Georgina and Glyn for all their hard work in organising and running the raffle, and to everyone who sold tickets. You can contribute to the appeal by visiting www.greathampden.org.uk/project.

Full report and prize list is available on the website article.

November 2023

We have reached an important milestone in the Great Hampden ‘2023 and Beyond’ Project. Thanks to generous donations, pledges, grants, and fund raising we have now raised a total of £235,000.

This means we can proceed with the main phase of the works.

Work will begin in the North Aisle immediately, but public worship will continue in church until Christmas, albeit with some disruption.

After Christmas the church building will close to public worship for a period of about 12 weeks whilst the main works take place. (Details of rearranged worship will follow.)

During this closure the floor and ramp works will take place in the nave, and the new lighting, heating, and audio systems will be installed.

After that we will be left with repairs to the stonework and the floor in the chancel, and the restoration of decorative stonework and redecoration throughout the church for the first time in almost a century.

We are now actively fundraising for the final £60,000 needed to finish the job. If we can reach our total before March 2024 we can roll the works on into the main phase. This means we will save money and get the job done before the first wedding of 2024 in May.

If not, we will continue to fund-raise and plan to close the church again for these works to take place in the autumn/winter of 2024.

Please help us reach our target of £60,000 as quickly as possible so we can get the job done.

What's Still to be Done?

We need to upgrade the sound system and AV equipment; relight the interior of the church; improve the heating and stabilise the floor tiles; sympathetically redecorate and clean the stonework; and open up the chancel space.

The Benefits

We will have a restored building, improved by sensitive redecoration; a well-lit, warmer, more comfortable and accessible church; sensitive creation of space in the chancel for worship and concerts; architectural and historical features enhanced and made more visible; and our church continues to be a significant place in peoples lives and the community for generations to come, enabling a place of meeting between God and his people.

What we'll be Able to Offer

We'll be able to continue our popular Sunday services, welcome the wider community by continuing to host weddings and baptisms. We have a rich tradition of musical events including our popular chamber music concerts, which we will be able to host in a unique and flexible space and we can explore offering educational events to make the most of the church's special historical connection with John Hampden the Patriot, plus we can offer a space for spiritual exploration, retreats and cultural events.

*Only online donors/supporters are counted on this page. In addition to the number of online donors shown, 15 individual donors have contributed offline*

About the charity

St Mary Magdalene, Great Hampden is a well-loved parish church serving Great Hampden. We are made up of people of different ages and backgrounds who enjoy being a part of the life of our church. We come together to give thanks to God every Sunday at 11.15am, and we invite you to join us!

Donation summary

Total raised
£248,519.00
+ £884.13 Gift Aid
Online donations
£3,872.27
Offline donations
£244,646.73
Direct donations
£3,872.27
Donations via fundraisers
£0.00

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