St Clement's Boscombe Social Impact
A brief backstory
At the invitation of the Bishop of Winchester, St Swithun’s Bournemouth was planted from HTB in September 2014, led by Tim and Debi Matthews. The church is focused on Bournemouth’s unchurched younger generations and its vision is the evangelisation of Bournemouth, the revitalisation of its church and the transformation of its society. q100
Along with Tim and Debi and their three children, the initial team consisted of one ordinand in his second year of training, a paid worship leader and an administrator. HTB granted the church seed capital of £50,000 and the Church Commissioners later granted £155,000. Six additional adults left the HTB congregation to join the initial plant team. Three years later the church now has a regular Sunday congregation of 700. St Clement’s Boscombe is situated one mile from St Swithun’s and is their first church plant.
Boscombe is one of South West’s most deprived neighbourhoods (Bournemouth.gov.uk, 2015).
The parish of St Clement’s has two Church of England (CofE) schools that are of vital importance to the local area. The church building is one of only three Grade-One listed buildings in Bournemouth.
The church required significant repairs yet bids for funding had been turned down on the basis that there was not a sustainable community in place to steward the building nor did it have a strategic plan for community outreach. This strengthened the case for a partnership with a larger church able to resource a relaunch of the church.
In the Autumn of 2016 the Bishop of Southampton and Archdeacon of Bournemouth, together with the small existing congregation, invited St Swithun’s to relaunch the parish. Tim Matthews was appointed Priest-In-Charge and around thirty members of St Swithun’s committed to the project. In the Summer of 2016, St Swithun’s had at their own cost added a new staff member; Simon Nicholls - then a final year ordinand - now a Curate of the parish, to be the site pastor. Simon lives at the vicarage onsite together with his wife and child.
Upon Tim’s appointment as Priest-In-Charge the church was shut for ten days and reordered under a Temporary Re-Ordering License (TRO). Under this scheme, carpet, staging and production equipment were installed. St Swithun’s has invested more than £50,000 to the project to date.
St Clement's Boscombe Achievements
Contemporary Sunday Service (with parallel children’s programme)
Midweek School Family Worship Service (St Clement’s Infant School)
Toddler Midweek Group
Daytime Midweek Alpha and Parenting Courses
As of 1st of January 2018