This site combines the two Christian churches in Sandown and the Beverley centre, which is so widely used by our thriving community.
The website is part of a project to re-energise and partly refurbish St John the Evangelist and bring both our churches and community together. We have been very fortunate to receive a lottery grant from “Awards for All”; (details of the project can be seen under the St Johns Church and project tab), which has enabled this to happen.
With modern technology, we have installed a web cam on the outside of the church spire by the belfry. This camera can span Sandown Bay and transmit the pictures to the site. We can also beam these pictures onto the inside of the church wall as a modern day “camera obscura”. Children from the local school have already been in and had some fun.
These are exciting times for Sandown; Christ Church has just had some substantial refurbishment and is looking stunning, particularly at night now it is lit up. We just need to get the church clock working!
At St. Johns, the “North Wall Project” is just the start – our vision was to re-carpet the chancel, which has been achieved. Some work has been done on the side chapels, with re-painting of the South wall. Our aim is to install further cameras and technology. We would like the ability to record specific services and beam back live on this web-site and be able to offer those who are unable to visit us in person, either because they are elderly, infirm or just do not have the transport, to be able to enjoy and take part in services at both St Johns and Christ Church.
There are many people who have been involved in this project and I would like to personally thank them all. I would also like to thank specific suppliers who have made this possible in particular – wight365, AVO systems and Choice carpets, who have given their time and expertise most generously.
Thank you for dropping by and hope you enjoy our site.
Christ Church minister, the Rev Chris Feak, is delighted with the refurbishment work taking place. Picture by Peter Boam, Isle of Wigh County Press.