Connecting church and community in Ireland
27 JAN 2020
Allchurches recently provided grants to help three churches in Ireland and Northern Ireland undertake much needed building works to continue and expand their work in communities. They were among 61 causes to benefit from a share of £206,775 from our small grants fund in December 2019.
Banbridge Elim Pentecostal Church in County Down works with a range of community groups to support young people of all faiths and none who have experienced difficult and complex family backgrounds. It also supports people suffering with anxiety and depression, and works with Autism NI to deliver projects that meet the needs of people living with autism. Regular parenting classes, Saturday night youth groups and family fun days are also an important part of how it serves Banbridge in addition to its regular well-attended programme of worship.
Banbridge Elim’s church hall has now become too small for the community’s demand on its services, and our recent grant will help extend the existing church hall building and build a new crèche at the same time.
The Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady Immaculate is situated in Darndale, on the outskirts of Dublin. Darndale is a vibrant parish, but one that is struggling to transform the life of its community and residents after decades of complex and damaging issues that exist largely as a result of the community being built as an ‘overspill estate’ in the 1970s.
Our Lady Immaculate’s New Life Centre (pictured in header image) is at the heart of this transformational process in Darndale, helping hundreds of people every day through programmes and services designed to both alleviate immediate issues, while building long term aspiration, educational attainment, employment skills and good health. Allchurches has made a grant towards replacement of the New Life Centre roof, which has been leaking so badly that staff have been catching rain in buckets on a regular basis.
And, in County Omagh, a grant to help the Church of Ireland’s Clanabogan Parish Church, will help with the cost of re-pointing the stone walls and overcoming internal dampness in this Grade II+ listed building, keeping the church structurally sound and at the heart of its community.