CHURCH chiefs have announced ambitious plans to try to 'grow and develop' in South Derbyshire.
Reverend Martin Flowerdew has published proposals to help and secure the long-term future of St Wystan's Church, in Repton.
The plans centre around attracting more people towards the church as well as launching a pastoral care system for the community.
Rev Flowerdew said: "We are at en exciting point in the life of St Wystan's Church.
"Many good things are happening already, but we wish to grow and develop.
"The desire to begin new initiatives is strong, but for the success we need three things - time, talents and, to a degree, money to make things work.
"This is why over the next three months we shall be considering each of those needs."
Over the next few years the church is committed to:
Caring for its whole congregation and, in time, the wider community through a pastoral scheme requiring volunteers and a commitment to training;
Nurturing and teaching young children by developing its outreach with schools and work with older children;
Developing faith through new opportunities for prayer and study;
Making the church a more 'welcoming and comfortable' environment for worship, social events and teaching with improvements to lighting, heating and sound systems; and
Communicating with people outside the congregation.
Rev Flowerdew added: "My hope is that in five years time we will be experiencing growth in all areas and more.
"This is an open invitation to share in exciting times."
Anyone who would like more information can call Rev Flowerdew on 01283 619686.
The proposals come only months after work was completed to repoint the spire atop the church.
A massive fund-raising campaign was launched to help pay for the work and it was only recently completed.