150+ Project Redevelopment

Project 150+ redevelopment

After 150 years of service our church building is now in need of renovation. In order for us to continue in our mission to serve others, and have a place that can be used for and by the community, we need our building to be comfortable, dry, flexible to use, well lit and warm.
You can read the 4th and latest Occasional Update Leaflet below and you can use response and Gift Aid form here.

These Underpinning Principles are that:

  1. The central purpose of the church is Christian mission to our community. We see this in Scripture when Jesus said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28: 18 - 20

    ... and through the Charity Commissioners - our activities must be: "For the public benefit and the advancement of religion"

  2. The building must be fit for purpose, welcoming and attractive to users, both members and non-members.  It must be recognisably a place of Christian worship, with flexibility to enable its use by (i) many more people than currently, (ii) for many more hours each week than currently and (iii) the wider community
  3. By undertaking a building development project the intention is to extend functionality created by previous generations, not merely a repair project.


Danger of large slates falling off the roof because fixings have rusted/failed.
Need for facilities to enable the building to function as a community hub.
Require funds to do this.

ACT - why?
Keep out the rain and wind, by repairing roof and gutters and windows.
Danger of window/stonework falling or being blown out by high winds.
It's been 'make and mend' for the past 20 years; this cannot continue

NOW - why?
The winter cold means again moving into the church hall for January to March.
As time moves on, water ingress makes damage worse and more costly to repair.
If nothing is done, the building will not be fit and safe to use.

The challenge to this generation is to build on the vision of our predecessors and equip this church building for current and future mission needs.


The budget cost of this work is £850,000 (at 2016 prices)
Funding sources are crucial. Currently as a church we have £50,000 and can recover £50,000 of VAT.
Thus the funding gap is £750,000 which is our fundraising appeal amount.
We need at least £250,000 before we could commission the first phase of external work, which is to make the church building wind-proof and water-tight.
The next £350,000 would deliver many of the internal essentials like accessibility, heating, lighting and seating.
The remaining £150,000 would cover the toilets, kitchenette and other internal improvements.
God is challenging us – through our faith and commitment – to respond to His generous gifts, by offering back to Him what He has given us.
Our application to the Heritage Lottery Fund was not successful – they were oversubscribed and other projects got higher priority.

So what is so urgently needed that you could offer?

Firstly, Money. These can be as:

  • Gifts (one-off or regular)
  • Pledges of gifts over a period of months or years
  • Loans to the PCC (repayable from future fund-raising)
  • A legacy to St Oswald’s PCC

and just as importantly Talents:

  • Advice or expertise
  • Legwork – e.g. researching contacts, writing letters
  • Persuasion - e.g. speaking with people

 and  Time

  • Organise fund-raising events


What can you offer?  

Please think prayerfully and carefully about your response to this critical appeal.
You might find it helpful to read, consider and pray over the following Bible verses:

1 Chronicles 29:14;   2 Corinthians 8:1-15  and  Luke 12:33

The Response Form can be downloaded here.
You can return it in a sealed envelope to Susan McDonough (Church Treasurer) by post: 1 Fulford Park, York, YO10 4QE
​or e: treasurer@stoswalds.church

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