Holy Cross Heritage...
In 2000 a review of the finances of Timperley Parish, it’s buildings and ministry led to VISION 2000.
With falling congregation numbers, increased costs and 7 buildings to maintain across the parish, it would not be sustainable in the long term. So a programme of building closures and their sale to fund improvements and modernisation began, creating a more effective parish and ministry.
St Andrew’s Church, Brook Lane, was closed in 1999 and sold. That congregation combined with St Catherine’s and was renamed St Catherine’s with St Andrew’s worshipping in the dual-purpose building that is now the Parish Hall. The planning process began led by the vicar, Revd. Canon John Sutton, the Parochial Church Council and especially Donald Camplejohn who lived to see the foundations laid. Nick Rank and Mark Pearce from the architects firm of Buttress, Fuller, Alsop and Williams responded with imagination and the builders Kingsmere Construction realised the designs.
In 2001 Holy Cross Church was built between the church/hall and Brookfield House and connecting with the hall. The font from St Andrew’s was installed in the baptistry.
This new, contemporary church was consecrated on 16th September 2001 by The Rt. Revd. Dr P. R. Forster, Bishop of Chester.
Some years later Junior Church proposed the idea of a stained-glass window. Their efforts supported by the entire Parish made this possible and a window was created around the main entrance into the church.
The window depicts:
- The emblems of St Andrew and St Catherine: a diagonal cross which is draped with Andrew’s fishing net and the wheel and fire by which Catherine died.
- Holy Cross is represented by the gold cross in the centre panel at the top of the window.
- Praying children at the base of the panels represent Junior Church.
- The living water ripples through every panel representing the shared love and enduring faith of those who worship in this place.
The window was dedicated on 6th September 2009by The Bishop of Stockport, The Right Revd. Robert Atwell.