Proposal - St Agnes & St Aidan

‘Much work has been done over the past seven years to bring the parish communities of St Agnes & St Aidan together, now collaborating in most of the significant areas of parish life and mission. After much reflection and discussion by the joint parish pastoral group, and in response to the challenge of the 2013 Huyton PAWG Pastoral Plan, we have reached the point where we feel the time is right to ask the Archbishop to consult the Council of Priests with regard to the amalgamation of the parishes of St Agnes and St Aidan to form a single parish, preferably keeping the name: “The Parish of St Agnes & St. Aidan.”

Published :  31/05/2015

If the union of the two parishes can be achieved, we would then propose two options for the rchbishop’s consideration:

  1. Both parish communities as presently constituted are vibrant and have a healthy Mass attendance. The present St Aidan’s church building, formerly the school hall, was condemned by the Council as unfit for purpose and was taken out of use. It was subsequently re-fashioned to serve as the church. Its     structural faults, however, have proved an excessive drain on financial resources, and require further considerable expenditure. Documentation to this effect can be provided. Before wasting further resources on a building unfit for purpose, we propose that it be demolished and a new church built     on the site to serve the community, maintaining the good relationship with the two parish schools which are nearby. St Agnes church, under this proposal would, of course, remain.
  2. If, however, we were allowed to dream, the proposal that has been a key discussion point in our joint pastoral team, and that has gained most support and enthusiasm, is to build a new church closer to the town centre, demolishing both St Agnes & St Aidan’s church buildings. While the St Aidan's building is clearly unfit, there is also a tremendous amount of expenditure needed for essential repairs to St Agnes building.         
This option would place us right where the people are in the centre of Huyton, where they meet, work and shop. It holds the exciting possibility for an open church in their midst, offering multiple oportunities for outreach at the heart of the community.
There is a good model and precedent for such a move, as happened in Kirkby with the creation of the church of St Michael & All Angels and the demolishing of the churches of Holy Angels & St Michael. We would ask Archbishop Malcolm to give it serious consideration.’

Fr Anton and SS Agnes & Aidan's PAWG members.

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