Christ Church in Stamford is appealing for help in raising £10,000 for makeover

Photo: SM140711-031ow.jpg'Anniversary fundraising committee member Jane Richardson inside Christ Church, Stamford. The committee are hoping to raise sufficient funds to refurbish the inside of the church.
Photo: SM140711-031ow.jpg'Anniversary fundraising committee member Jane Richardson inside Christ Church, Stamford. The committee are hoping to raise sufficient funds to refurbish the inside of the church.

MEMBERS of a church are appealing for help in raising £10,000 to give their building a makeover ahead of its 50th anniversary celebrations.

Christ Church in Green Lane, Stamford, will be marking its milestone in October with an open day and display.

In the run-up to the celebrations, parishioners want the building to look its best and are planning to decorate and repair a water leak.

But to do this the church needs to raise £10,000 and is also looking for volunteers to help.

So far the church has raised about £3,000 through fundraising events and a donation.

Operation manager Michael Mills is appealing for help.

He said: “One of the special features of Christ Church is the work it does in and for the local community and we hope that the community will get behind us.”

The church was founded in 1961 as an offshoot of St Michael’s Church, which is now closed.

The church started off in a hut in Willoughby Road after the St Michael’s congregation noticed that there was no church in the estates being built in the area.

Christ Church outgrew the hut and moved into its current home in Green Lane in about 1977. It is now home to groups such as Teenzone.

This will be the first major renovation of the building.

Members are hoping to decorate the church.

A contractor is repairing water damage to a cross wall and it will also be decorated. The church is also hoping to add new curtains.

The anniversary will be celebrated on Saturday and Sunday, October 8 and 9. An open day will be held on the Saturday and will include displays, slideshows, films and memorabilia.

The church is also calling on people to fill in a book of memories.

Anyone who would like to support the church should call 01780 756 212, or contact parochial church member Jane Richardson on 01780 752492.