Last service at St Paul’s before transformation
On 6 October 2019 St Paul’s celebrated its last service before closing its doors for refurbishment. The annual Harvest Festival was the last ceremony at the church for up to a year.
A successful £850,000 fund-raising appeal means that building work has now begun to modernise and transform the church into an even better community facility for the area. The rector, Canon Peter Seal, told a packed congregation, ‘We are putting the church to bed as we move into the all-important construction stage of our Building for Life programme. From next week we will be worshipping at 9.30 am every Sunday at Western, our church school. It is therefore very appropriate that the children are with us today for Harvest Festival. The children will sing us out of this building as we prepare to move into theirs.’
Plastic sheeting around the organ was a reminder that change was already underway. Floorboards have since been lifted for repurposing and Fareham-based building company Amiri Construction has arrived on site to do the work.
The last service ended with a prayer that the congregation would return ‘stronger in faith, stronger together and ready to build new life and ministry in this place’.