The word AMICA actually means ‘Friendship’ in Latin and was originally associated with the area via the Benefice Choir who called themselves the AMICA Choir based on the initials of the five Parishes and the Latin meaning. We adopted it also as it sums up what we are trying to achieve here at the Centre.
The AMICA Centre was first thought about a number of years ago by Rev Roger Anders (a past rector of the Benefice) who, having five Parishes to serve, realised that coordinating from home was difficult and complicated and set about finding somewhere to base the Benefice.
Nowadays, having been up and running for quite some time, the Centre is thriving and on a course that seems to fulfil the initial dream of Rev Anders of bringing the Church to the community.
Based at the former Ightfield Rectory, the building is in fact owned by the Diocese and was the ideal place to set up a contact base for us all.
The centre has a few regular volunteers who keep the overall building and grounds in tip top condition and the centre has a management committee who try to ensure the very best for the five Parishes.
An office coordinator (The post is currently vacant) helps to bring all the Parishes and people involved in them together, which allows the Rector to be out and about for the Benefice and Schools.
Also based in the Centre is Home-Start North Shropshire (A community group aiming to bring support and friendship to families)