Under the High Patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco
Saint Paul’s Church was consecrated in 1925, and since then it has served the English speaking community in Monaco very well. The church is on street level, the Chaplain’s apartment is located on the first floor below, and below that is the Library, which serves as the parish hall. The lower floors are accessed by quite steep public steps by the side of the church, open to all weathers and with only a handrail on one side. Access to the Library has always posed a problem for many of the aged persons in our community who attend church events and other functions in the Library.
To solve this problem, it is proposed to install a lift on the east side of the church building that will give direct access to the Library for the elderly and the disabled, as well as babies in prams.
Installation of the proposed lift will require modification to the current back entry to the Library and upgrades to the central heating system to make room for the lift tower and fire escape.
The Saint Paul’s Church Council believes that an open public appeal for funds to cover this work is appropriate because the use of the Library extends well beyond the congregation of Saint Paul’s Church:
- Several clubs and associations make use of the Saint Paul’s Library for regular meetings. The proposed lift would be particularly useful for seniors attending British Association gatherings, including the bimonthly Friday Friendship Club, and for the young mothers and their babies who gather in the Library two mornings each week.
- Saint Paul’s Church is not only the home of the Anglican community in Monaco, it also hosts other traditions including the Charismatic Episcopal Church of the Philippines, the Monaco Christian Fellowship and other church and community groups. Indeed, Saint Paul’s Church is considered a privileged venue for public concerts, including the annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, when easy access to the toilets in the Library is essential.
The estimated cost of the lift and the needed adjustments to the building, is €250,000.
All contributions would be most gratefully received and should be sent to:
The Saint Paul’s Lift Appeal
22 av. de Grande Bretagne
MC 98000 Monaco
Mrs Samantha Stirling Lift Appeal Committee Chair
Officers of the Saint Paul’s Church Council
The Very Reverend Walter Raymond OGS, Chaplain;
Mr Frank Megginson, President;
Mr Timothy Humphreys & Mr Rupert Katritzky, Wardens;
Mr Brian Fenwick-Smith, Honorary Treasurer
Ms. Philippa Casey, Honorary Secretary