Auckland St Andrew

Project Summary

St Andrew’s Church is a highly significant Grade I listed church in Auckland, County Durham. It was built in the 13th century, almost certainly on the site of an even earlier church - a striking Saxon cross was found under the south transept.  Its large and fine pipe organ and high quality acoustics also add to the church’s special qualities and appeal for services and musical events.

The PCC has been developing an extended use project for the past few years, with the aim of extending the church to provide new facilities and to deliver new services. The church benefitted from Stage 1 of Inspired Futures but shortly after the start of Stage 2 the church went into vacancy.

By the time the new incumbent Revd Matthew Kiddelty took over plans for St Anne’s (the sister church in the parish) to become a Resource Church were far advanced. As a result the focus of activity has had to switch to St Anne’s and plans for St Andrew’s have not progressed. The purpose of the closing report (see below), which has been based on detailed discussions with Revd Matthew, is to guide the Parish on the next steps for St Andrew’s to help prepare the church building to be the first church ‘plant’ from the resource church at St Anne’s in about 2-3 years’ time.

Through the project St Andrew’s has secured:

  • A better understanding of its needs
  • A better understanding of the opportunities for St Andrews as potentially the first church ‘plant’ from the resource Church at St Anne’s.
  • A legacy of learning from the IF project workshops

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