ASPIRE Archive

All Saints Church Development Project

Repairing, re-ordering and revitalising
our buildings as we plan for growth

Recent News:

Taking our Leave of the Church

Our services on Easter Day are the last ones before we close the church for refurbishment. When we return, many things will be different, so it is good for us to have an opportunity to thank God for all that has taken place in the building over many years since it was last refurbished. 
On Tuesday 3rd April at 9.30 there will be a short, informal Service of Thanksgiving in church which will give us an opportunity to reflect upon and give thanks for the church building itself, for significant items of furniture and for generations of faithful brothers and sisters who have worshipped there. 
As we build for the future, we want to honour the past. All are welcome.
After the service we will be 'packing up' the church contents in preparation for our temporary relocation to Lindfield Primary Academy. A team of volunteers will be needed to stack chairs and move items into storage. Some vigorous lifting may be involved. There is a sign up sheet in the porch and help would be greatly appreciated
18th March 2018


We have received the tenders for Phase 2 within the agreed timeframe, and through God’s grace, they are less than we envisaged and had planned for. Although we still have a shortfall in funding for the overall project, we have sufficient financial resources to undertake
the construction work.
The next step is to meet with the contractor recommended by our Quantity Surveyor - this will take place tomorrow (5 February). Please pray for the meeting which is to discuss the tender in more detail and to explore the timetable for the work. Our preference is for the work to commence on 9 April having held our last services on Easter Day (1 April) -  we need to allow sufficient time to clear the church in readiness for the contractors.
On 19 February, subject to a satisfactory outcome of our meeting on 5 February, the PCC will be asked to authorise the Vicar and Churchwardens to enter into a contract with the chosen contractor. 
We will be able to give more specific information to the church family once the PCC has approved the contracting arrangements.
Please feel free to speak with Roy Ransley, Chairman of the Steering Group, or any other Steering Group member if you would like further clarification. 
4th February 2018 


With the completion of the drainage work last week, we are pleased to announce our new toilet facilities open!
A big thanks to everyone involved in the hard work, planning and negotiation that went into the completion of this part of the ASPIRE project.
Lets take a moment to give thanks to God for his provision! 
4th February 2018


We are about to enter a very exciting phase of the ASPIRE project, and the plan is for our first services to be held at our new location on 8 April. We are extremely grateful to Lindfield Primary Academy for allowing us to hold our Sunday worship services there. Our relocation is giving the All Saints church family different opportunities of working together as a team.SET UP AND TAKE DOWNOur three worship services will be held in the Sports Hall, which will need to be set up before the 9.30am service and cleared away after the Cornerstone service, leaving the Sports Hall ready for school on Monday mornings. The set up/take down will involve helping the audiovisual team with equipment, putting out/stacking chairs, tables etc. For our Sunday services we need 4-5 volunteers every Sunday morning and every Sunday evening. We are sure the youth members will be able to serve in this role after Cornerstone. Do YOU feel you could be part of a team to serve the Lord and the church family in this way?


Have you always wanted to wear a fluorescent jacket and direct traffic? Now is your opportunity! For only the first three or four Sundays following our move we will need a group of people to direct cars into the parking areas at the school. In addition, you may be called upon to direct people to the coffee area after the service. This is a short-term commitment so we are looking for a small, but dedicated, team who will be on duty for each of the three or four weeks. No experience necessary, just an ability to tell your left from your right! Do YOU feel you could be part of a team to serve the Lord and the church family in this way?
Please sign up on the sheets in the porch with your email or contact number and Paul Spensley or Richard Painter will contact you.
28th January 2018

ASPIRE Phase 2 approval

Last week we were delighted to receive news that the Diocesan Chancellor has approved the final plans for Phase 2 of the ASPIRE project. This important milestone means we can appoint a contractor for the work ahead. Work includes laying a new stone floor with underfloor heating, a newly furnished central dais, upgraded sound, vision and lighting, relocation of the screen to underneath the West Tower and redecoration. The South porch and West entrance will be improved to enlarge welcome and circulation areas and will include new glass inner doors. Please continue to pray for the work as it moves forward and now that obstacles have been removed, we pray for final permission for the Bells and Clock project.
21st January 2018

Relocation, relocation

2018 will be a very exciting time for us at All Saints as we enter Phase 2 of the ASPIRE project. 
Once building works are underway, Sunday worship services will be relocated to Lindfield Primary Academy. It is anticipated that we will begin our temporary relocation immediately after Easter. We  are very grateful to LPA for letting us use their facilities for our services and children’s groups, allowing us to continue to worship in the village. We are hoping to be back into All Saints for our Christmas services but this may be affected by circumstances beyond our control. 
We already have strong links with the Academy, and we pray that God will use this time to strengthen the bonds between our Church and the community. Jennie Carter will be heading up a team to help prepare us for the move, so please pray for her and the team and give thanks to God for His provision. Full details about the move will be available nearer the time.
7th January 2018

Invitations to tender for Phase 2

Invitations to tender for Phase 2 Invitations to tender for the work on Phase 2 of the ASPIRE project have now been sent out. Responses are expected early in the new year. Please pray that we will get good responses within the expected price ranges so the right contractor can be appointed. Please continue to pray that the remaining resources needed will be forthcoming.
9th December 2017

Going Underground! 

On January 8th, work will commence to connect our new toilet to the main sewer. Contractors have been appointed and permission has been given by West Sussex Highways to close part of the road. The work is anticipated to take less than three weeks. 
Unfortunately West Sussex County Council would not give us permission to close the road sooner as they feared it might affect the trading opportunities for Lindfield shops in the run up to Christmas.
Lets give thanks that we'll soon be able to use our excellent new facilities!
26th November 2017

Final Permissions for Phase 2

The letter to the Diocesan Chancellor requesting the final permissions for Phase 2 has been sent and received. Please pray for a speedy and positive response. 
"In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God" Phil 4:6
19th November 2017

Following the launch in March 2013 the Church Development Project is still moving along. Latest News here:

Bells extraction (1.0MB) 05/12/2018
Pilbeam's Progress (to end of Oct 18) - Version 2 (6.9MB) 06/11/2018
ASPIRE-Oct18 (43.8MB) 01/11/2018

On the 11th June 2017 we held an Aspire vision day, you can listen here:

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We have called the project ASPIRE because we aspire to repair, renew, refurbish and extend our buildings to meet the needs of current and future generations. The various works are taking place between now and the end of 2018. 
The current phase is the re-ordering of the church, including removal of pews, redevelopment of the vestries to include an accessible toilet, multi-use room and flower preparation and utility area. 

 The provisional plan to the church includes the following elements:

  • Improved entrance at the south porch, together with new enhanced entrance at the west door.
  • A new purpose-designed and moveable central dais area for leading worship.
  • Renewal and lightening of the floor.
  • Repair treatment to stained glass windows and redecoration throughout.
  • Replacement of most pews with individual seats allowing flexible arrangements.
  • Enlarged welcome and circulation area at the back of the Church
  • Removal of existing choir stalls and replacement with moveable choir seating.
  • Relocation of the Kempe screen from the rear of the Church to underneath the west tower.
  • Retention of the memorial chapel, reredos and other historic features.
  • Upgrades to the heating, lighting, audio visual and electrical services.
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