st mary's ferndown
st mary's ferndown

The Beacon Project

St Mary's Church - The Beacon Project

"Building a Place of Belonging - Shining the Light of Christ"

Over the years St Mary's has steadily increased in attendance and in activities. With pressure on the existing facilities and the need to "future proof" for the next generation in mind, the designs for an exciting building project have been developed.


"The Beacon Project", which was granted planning permission this summer, will see the enhancement of the church's facilities not just for current church members and venue users but for the whole of Ferndown.

The vision behind The Beacon Project:

"St Mary's is privileged to be situated in the heart of Ferndown and the vision is for our church to be a place where anyone and everyone can come 'just as they are' and experience a sense of welcome and belonging that is becoming so rare in our increasingly fragmented society."


The building of the hall and church foyer spaces at the front of the hall building will provide much needed "mingling" and "flow through" spaces as well serving as practical spaces in their own right.


We envisage the new Church Foyer being a welcoming social space during the week where anyone can come and meet with friends, enjoy reading a book or use the free wi-fi access without the pressure of having to buy a product or service. This will also serve as the perfect place to come alongside people in need of pastoral care.

The Church Foyer will also be bookable for wedding drinks receptions and for gatherings after funerals as well as being used for many other church activities (Marriage Preparation Courses, Alpha Course, Debt Counselling Sessions etc.)


To build both phases of the project we are looking at an approximate total of £1 million. We currently have approx £664,000 in our Beacon Project Fund and we will be taking up a £50,000 grant from The Talbot Village Trust along with a £50,000 loan. Our fundraising continues and we hope to be able to commence construction in early 2015. 

If you would like more information about The Beacon Project
or have any questions pleasecontact our Church Office
on 01202 897087 or e-mail