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Rector’s Jottings (No.28/ 2017)
Dear Friends,

Hornsey Parish Church is full of energy and life. Our church inspires us to celebrate and demonstrate God’s presence within our community – while providing a sense of identity, place and continuity with our past. Our hall and community buildings, however, could do more to help us serve our mission. Like many other churches we must also look to the future and ensure the sustainability of our church and its congregation for future generations.

Earlier this year our Development Group led a process to select a firm of architects (Wimshurst Pelleriti) to help us imagine what sort of building we want that will fulfil our hopes for the future. We’ve also undertaken a technical survey of our whole site (so we know exactly where everything is) and had a couple of meetings with the architects to begin working together.

From September to November we hope to talk with a whole range of individuals and groups, listening to ideas about how we might best shape the future together. We will be discussing possibilities with members of the congregation, with people living close by the church site, and many others involved in the community – people just like me and you who have a stake in the opportunities that this project offers us.

Last Sunday the first of a series of newsletters about this project was published (to view a copy HERE). The sketches on this sheet are just an indication of some of the exciting ideas that could be included in our new buildings.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to increase our presence in the community. It challenges us to be bold – to imagine new buildings and spaces that really work for our mission as the church in Hornsey. We hope our church can better reach out to our diverse community – perhaps through greater visibility on Park Road. We also hope to draw new friends and worshippers into the life of Hornsey Parish Church through sharing a new public space in the heart of our home.


Please make a note of the dates of meetings – we hope everyone will want to be part of the conversation.

20th September – discussion and presentation at Meeting Point lunch

27th September – discussion and presentation at PCC meeting

18th October – feedback of findings and presentation of draft brief at Meeting Point lunch

18th October – feedback of findings and presentation of draft brief at PCC meeting

24th November – launch of project exhibition at the Christmas Market

25th November to January – project exhibition in church

Last Sunday my sermon was about the beginning of this season of consultation. To read more click HERE and choose sermon ‘Trinity 12’  from our new sermons website page.

With the assurance of my prayers

Fr Bruce

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Upcoming events
Tower Gardening Morning
Saturday, 9 September 2017 10:30
Gardening Mornings Saturday 9 September 10.30 – 1.00 Thursday 14 September 10.30 – 1.00 This is a busy time of year because not only do we have the weeding and deadheading to do in the Garden of Remembrance, there’s the general tidying…
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Christmas Market meeting
Sunday, 10 September 2017 12:05
Christmas Market Our Christmas Market will be on Friday 24 th November. This annual event ( which has had different names over the years) is a great opportunity for mission and outreach, as well as being a significant source of income to…
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Welcoming Team Meeting
Sunday, 17 September 2017 12:05
Welcomers & Wardens Meeting There will be a meeting for the Welcoming Team (that is Welcomers and Deputy Wardens please) at 12 on Sunday 17 th September. This is a chance to discuss how things are going and consider any aspects the Welco…
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Barn Dance
Saturday, 30 September 2017 13:30
Barn Dance Don’t forget to save the date of our Barn Dance which is Saturday 30 th September from 7pm. Tickets cost £10 (adults) £5 (children) £7 unwaged and £25 family (2 adults/2 children). All profits split between Winter Night Shelte…
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Holy Innocents Autumn Fair
Monday, 4 September 2017 18:26
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Parish Weekend Retreat 13th-15th October at Pleshey
Wednesday, 28 June 2017 13:21
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