The St Nicolas Centre Appeal has come about for several reason
- St Nicolas is a growing church and as we increase in numbers we are running out of space.
- One of our main aims is to be “open to community“. Already there are many different activities taking part in our church and church hall, but we believe its part of Gods plan that we should do more.
- In 2014 we were left a generous legacy by a long standing member of St Nicolas, Pat Dummer. As a result we saw the possibility of expanding the site at St Nicolas to increase the space available and the activities taking place. The “open door project” was born.
A large community survey identified some key themes
1. WE NEED A MEETING PLACE IN EARLEY
There are very few places that people can meet in Earley itself for example The Crescent centre and Asda are a way away from the centre of our area.
2. MANY PEOPLE ARE AT RISK OF BEING LONELY OR FEELING ISOLATED
Parents and carers of under school age children, Young people coming in from school before parents are home, people working from home and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to feeling lonely or isolated
3. ST NICOLAS WILL DO MORE WITH BETTER FACILITIES AND MORE ROOMS
Currently we have only 2 main spaces; the St Nicolas Centre will provide more rooms large and small and a central meeting area with tea and coffee making facilities.
“I see St Nicolas as a community hub, with its café and other rooms being an attractive meeting place for all ages. It is always busy and active and provides a warm welcome to everyone. It is a place where God is worshipped in different ways. It reaches out to the community with activities for babies, children, families, elderly and many groups who are disadvantaged, and provides space and rooms for all sorts of community groups and events. It is a place where people can go to get help and find a listening ear and where friendships are made. In summary, it is a place where people are nurtured bodily and spiritually.”