'St Peter's, A Unique Forest Church'
To save the life of our church building we are receiving a magnificent contribution from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Lottery grant of £1.37 million will help us reconfigure and rededicate the church building so that it can continue to serve the whole community in this parish, as it has since 1840. We have also received donations from London Over the Border, Allchurches Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, Beatrice Laing Trust, and Friends of Essex Churches Trust.
There is still a shortfall of £155,000
to meet our total project costs!
Please give generously so that we can support the survival of our Grade II listed church and continue to reach out with our ministry and community projects.
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We were visited by Mayor of Waltham Forest Cllr. Christopher Robbins CBE and (former mayor) Cllr. Richard Sweden, for the official ceremony to start work at St Peter's. They both recognised the great potential our church has to reinvigorate community life through the wealth of activities and events that will take place here.
We are taking great care to conserve and preserve the existing fabric of our church where possible. During work we uncovered some unexpected mosaics around the altar area. These were carefully removed and will be reintegrated into our refreshed building.
Although it might not sound like the most glamorous aspect of renovation, massive attention to detail is being payed to the grouting that hold our bricks together. Different types of sand and cement are being mixed to perfectly match the Victorian look of our 1840 and 1887 structures.
We are taking special steps to safeguard our church memorials. It is especially tricky to removed the heavy, stone First World War plaque. We also have a number of war graves in our churchyard that will benefit from landscaping and tidying up when our grounds reopen.
The new spaces in our building are taking shape. This mezzanine overlooks the worship space and joins our upstairs community room.
The community room will provide a space for arts groups, meetings, reflection, and so much more. The lighting from our rose window is fantastic!