The Shared Ministry Team put together a questionnaire and members of the congregation posted them through the doors of all the houses of the Silverdale Estate (some 350 houses!).
We received 51 responses and here is a breakdown of them…
Q.1. Are you aware there is a Church on City Road called St Francis?
Yes 50 No 1
Q.2. Have you ever been to St Francis church for:
Funeral 31 Mums and Toddlers 7 Wedding 12 Christening 21 Sunday Service 10 Never been 6
Other service/group Brownies 2,
Q.3. How did you find your visit to St Francis?
Very good 4
Also: alright, quite nice, very warm, lovely services, comfortable, friendly atmosphere, good/very nice services, enjoyable, well conducted, fulfilling, no problems, good, relaxed
Q.4. Do you go to any other Church regularly?
Yes 4 No 44
If yes, which one? St Matthews, St Cuthbert’s, St Luke’s, Goose Green Methodist
Q.5. What would you say was good about living in Kitt Green?
Friendly community 16
Amenities/shops on doorstep 10
Good bus service 3
Close to motorway 3
Neighbours mostly nice 2
Also: feel comfortable, community spirit, children for son to play with, safe, nice area, rural greenbelt, feel fairly safe at night, no asylum seekers, close to Robin Park, nice walks near farm, close to schools, nice people, close to Wigan, mostly respectable, can’t think of anything, not good
Q.6. What would you say are the main issues affecting this community?
No activities for the young 11
Teenagers/youth violence 7
Lack of community places 3
Dog fouling 3
Not enough jobs/unemployment 3
Lack of community spirit 2
Also: the people, people not taking pride in surroundings, vandalism, roads and pavements in need of repair, over-populated, useless council and policing, speeding cars, cleanliness, wasted/unused areas, not enough for elderly, people not taking time to get to know neighbours, Last Orders Pub, lack of funding compared to Marsh Green and Norley Hall, don’t know
Q.7. Do you feel we, as a Church, could help support this in any way?
Don’t know 6
Youth clubs 5
People should be more responsible 3
Also: regular newsletter about events, more clubs (Scouts, Guides), supporting kids, youth events/projects, children’s activities, support council with football nets on field, community events, activity clubs/events, litter picking day, it’s up to the council, already doing a great job if people would join, maybe
Q.8. What do you think the role of a Church is within a community?
To bring people together 13
Weddings, funerals, christenings 3
Spiritual guidance 2
Very important 2
Meeting place 3
Don’t know/not sure 2
Also: help those who need and deserve it, encourage, bring God into lives, assist people to find faith, centre of community, give hope and faith, centre for faith issues, someone to speak to, include everyone, to just be there, place to reflect on beliefs, be aware of needs and reach out and help them, teach respect, get to parents, provide facilities (youth club), none
The respondents’ households comprised of…
single 8 couple 22
single with children 0 couple with children 15
The age range within the households was…
18 months to 82 years old
We are in the process of passing the information onto the local councillors & police for their information. We hope that these responses will help us as a church, as we continue to seek God’s vision for the mission here in Kitt Green.