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Sunday, 13 March 2011

St Mark’s Versailles – Reaching upward!

Architects drawing of the new St Mark's Church
St Mark’s Versailles has embarked on a building extension project that has been years in planning and preparation. Over €650,000 have been raised of the total estimated €1.2 Million required for the expansion which will provide a more adequate space for worship and meetings for this growing congregation. The monies have come from present and past members of St Mark’s, including some large and generous gifts from certain individuals.

The project is appropriately named “Reach”, as it involves reaching upward as the new construction will be upstairs from the present facility. Work has now started and the plan is to have the project finished by the end of July.

The present facilities only seat 150 people and have now been outgrown by the congregation. The new building will have seating for 250. St Mark’s is not only building this for themselves, however. They wish to expand their service to the community and wish the new facility to be used by a variety of groups. There is no other spiritual conference centre with a large auditorium, small meeting rooms and parking for 60 cars within many miles of the church. Furthermore, St Mark’s committed to giving away a tithe (tenth) of all monies raised to help other building projects. Already help has been given to:

• St.George’s Baghdad rebuilding a medical clinic after a bomb blast
• Pastor Bujie's wayside church in Andhra Pradesh, India
• St.Peter’s Chantilly with their church refurbishment
• River of Life Uganda and Love Uganda projects
• Cry In The Dark Orphanages in Romania
• St.John’s Theological College Nottingham refurbishment
• St.Peter’s Zermatt Building Appeal

We continue to pray for St Mark’s and their project of expansion and outreach, and give thanks to God for their vision and commitment..

The history of St Mark’s in Versailles, just west of Paris, goes back to 1814. Their website is here.

The Revd Paul Kenchingron, Chaplain of St Mark's Versailles

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