In the last decade, St Aldates Church has undergone some major refurbishment and external building works. This has all been done with the aim of transforming a traditional Victorian church interior into a modern flexible meeting space with the addition of a new front entrance and piazza ensuring a higher profile in the heart of the city. The necessity for these changes became evident as we were running out of space to accommodate our growing congregation. We also wanted to make use of the church interior for our own functions aside from services, such as banquets and concerts. Flexible seating enabled us to relocate the stage, bringing those teaching and ministering into the heart of the congregation, thus creating more of a family atmosphere.
As plans developed in the late 1990s, it became obvious that this space could also be opened up for use by the community and this helped to bring clarity and excitement to the vision. Even before the second phase of the developments had started, we already found ourselves being approached by organisations looking for space to hold week-long conferences, keynote talks, wedding receptions, theatrical productions and classical concerts. Many of these events took place prior to the builders returning to start work on our new entrance, which was completed in the summer of 2003.
Excavations to lay the under floor heating revealed a fragment of a Saxon cross extending the known history of the church. Since the 12th Century, the shape and form of the building has changed, evolving to meet the needs of each generation seeking to worship within its walls. With thoughtfully presented architectural features rubbing shoulders with state of the art facilities, we now have a building that not only celebrates its history and heritage but also embraces the new millennium.
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