We are highly delighted that The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Member of Parliament for Surrey Heath, has agreed to become patron of the St Michael’s Open4All Project.
After 161 years, St Michael’s needs a facelift so it can continue to be an effective building for worship and for use by the community. The changes will retain its Victorian heritage, but include a new community space, essential structural work and interior enhancements to make the church easily accessible, flexible and open for all. The total cost of the project is expected to be £2.6m.
Michael Gove said: “Camberley is at the heart of my constituency and at the heart of Camberley is St Michael’s Church. Community hubs are very important to me so anything that can be done to support and invigorate them is to be greatly encouraged. I’m proud that St Michael’s has taken this decision – it shows the type of leadership, vision and responsibility that gets things done – and I have every confidence they will achieve their goal. I’ve come to know this friendly and welcoming church well over the years and support their fund-raising efforts whole-heartedly.”
"Bruce has chosen a wonderful way of demonstrating not just his own faith, but his faith in the renewal of St Michael's. Our project to raise these funds isn't just about a new church building, it's also about renewing the faith in our Camberley community and Bruce's pilgrimage to Holy Island will link communities up and down the country. His commitment and leadership in doing this is highly commendable and a very fitting way to kick off our fund-raising." said Andy Mitchell, Churchwarden.
Connect Christian Counselling Service is a counselling service offering help and support to individuals, couples and families experiencing a range of problems and difficulties. No fixed charge is made to cover costs, and significant fund-raising is needed to ensure that high quality counselling can continue to be provided to people of all faiths and none, and regardless of financial situation. The project also encompasses this service.
To find out more about the project, and to sponsor Bruce, please visit http://stmikesopen4all.org.uk