Stories of community engagement in design
However small or big a design project in a place of worship, it needs to engage both the worshiping community and the current and potential users of the building. These films were commissioned between April-November 2019 to tell the stories of three projects that have engaged different people in different ways, throughout their journey, to help inform plans, make design decisions and carry out collaborative activities. We hope they will be a source of information and inspiration for others going through a journey of transforming their place of worship.
THE STORY OF ST LUKE'S CHURCH OXFORD
St Luke’s completed a project to develop their church in 2014 creating a space that effectively serves worshiping needs alongside offering a variety of activities and services for the wider local community. The film tells the story of this building project highlighting the open and creative approach that was taken to engage the community throughout the process, and the value that this engagement brought.
THE STORY OF GRAYLINGWELL CHAPEL, CHICHESTER
Graylingell Chapel is a building with a rich history, currently under the custodianship of Chichester Community Development Trust. The film tells the story of how the development of the Chapel started, and how the community engagement process was organised to ensure that the plans take into consideration the needs and aspirations of the local community.
THE STORY OF ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS, WITTON GILBERT
St Michael and All Angels is a rural Grade II listed Anglican church, standing in the midst of a serene natural landscape near Durham. The film tells the story of the transformation of the building and the creation of Breathing Space, a charity promoting health and wellbeing. It describes the phases of the process and the insightful way in which the project garnered support from the community.