How an AV and sound system is helping St Bartholomew’s build for the future
St Bartholomew’s in Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire is a Grade 2* listed building. A recent extensive project envisaged bringing the building into the 21st century with an aim of encouraging participation of the existing congregation and improving the attendance of a younger generation.
The first stage of Building for the Future (from 13th to 21st century, Developing and Growing), provided level access into and within the church for all, an on-site WC and improved heating and flexible space.
Audio visual system
The second phase was carried out with the assistance of SES Technical, providing improved lighting and the installation of an audio visual system, in order to enhance presentations for worship and more general community use of the church.
“Some of our congregation with reduced hearing or vision appreciate being able to clearly hear, see and fully participate in the worship.”
“The capability of varying the use of the speakers in the Nave and Chancel either all together or just in one area for smaller gatherings is an advantage”, said Helen Thomas, Churchwarden at St Bartholomew’s.
“The AV system enables us, to meet modern day requirements of some informal styles of worship; to encourage more musical gatherings and expand the use of the building beyond worship” she added.
The St Bartholomew’s community
Various services are held each Sunday, with a Holy Communion service on Wednesday morning. Messy Church is held every two months on a Sunday afternoon from 4pm to 6 pm. A small group go into a local school to enact ‘Open the Book’. Several house groups meet for bible discussions. Some members of our congregation meet for a Prayer Breakfast.
On Tuesday afternoons the Tea Shop is open in the church hall where home made cakes, tea, chat, goods and second hand books are all available. The church hall is available for hire at very reasonable rates.