Parishioners at St Luke’s Church, Linch have two reasons to celebrate following an announcement that a new rector has been appointed and long-awaited building work will start next month.
The congregation was told the Rev David Renshaw will join the parish later this summer after being team vicar in Rye, East Sussex, for the last two years.
Church Wardens David King and Lea Grocott said: “We will be extending a very warm welcome to David and look forward to the Bishop of Horsham licensing him at a service at the end of July.
“At the same time we would like to thank all the many priests who have helped us during the interregnum particularly our local retired priest the Rev Bill Johnston.”
Mike Friend, chairman of fundraising said building work would start on the much-needed church annexe in early June: “We have a growing family service. More young families have moved into the parish and this is a real opportunity to meet the Christian needs of ‘the next generation’.
“The planned new annexe is designed for flexible use, incorporating a meeting room, facilities for disabled people, a small kitchenette and outdoor paved terrace.
“It is anticipated that the annexe will be completed by the end of the year.”
He said it had been some six years in the planning: “But we are now all very excited the building will start very soon.
“It’s great we are now making our beautiful precious little ancient church ‘fit for purpose’ to accommodate the growing needs of the 21st century.”
Funds were still needed for the project. He said: “But we all feel very confident they will be forthcoming from grant bodies, our own very supportive congregation and community and through our fundraising events.”
The next event is a sale and auction and organisers are hoping people from outside Milland will attend.