Methodist churches: building for a brighter future

16 NOV 2020

Allchurches’ Methodist Grants Programme is supporting 13 Methodist churches with a total of £326,500 funding aimed at enhancing the mission and ministry of the Methodist Church in the UK and Ireland.

Funded primarily by donations from Methodist Insurance PLC, the Methodist Grants Programme provides grants to Methodist churches to run building and development projects focused on church growth, community engagement and improved accessibility.
 
In this latest round of funding, there are some inspiring projects which respond to urgent community need and set the foundations for a promising future…
 
Wesley Methodist Church, Southampton District
 
Wesley Methodist Church is developing a charity and community hub in the former *manse next to the church. The hub will be a place for worship, mission work and community activities – inviting ‘non-churched’ families to join in and feel safe and included in an unthreatening environment.
 
A charity hub already exists on the middle floor of the building, and is currently home to Graft Thames Valley (supporting employment opportunities for disabled or disadvantaged people) and Reading Frontline (providing advice and assistance to those struggling with debt). However, Wesley Methodist Church wants to enhance its support for these and other charities further and bring the entire building back into use.
 
It will create a community hub for lunch clubs with a focus on the lonely; run craft activities and ‘knit and natter’ groups to build new relationships; and provide social opportunities for the residents in the new apartment blocks being built opposite.
 
The building work will include a new kitchen, two large meeting spaces, new toilets and increased access. Allchurches Trust is supporting this renovation with a £20,000 Methodist Grant.
 
*a house provided for a minister
Wesley Methodist Building
Fleetwood Methodist Church, Lancashire District
 
Fleetwood Methodist Church stands at the heart of the Fleetwood community – a disadvantaged area of Lancashire where there is increasing poverty and need. 
 
The church is seeking to reach out and provide support with the creation of a coffee lounge for local people. It will be a place for community projects, church gatherings, and a home for the CHAt project.
 
CHAt was initially established to offer parents/carers extra support, dropping their children off at school one day a week, with a free breakfast included! 
 
The new space offers CHAt a dedicated room which will enable the project to extend its hours, increase its support, and continue to help families who need it the most.
 
An Allchurches’ Methodist Grant of £5,000 is supporting this exciting project.
Fleetwood Methodist Church, Lancashire District
Marlow Methodist Church, Northampton District is redeveloping its premises to provide space for partner organisations, including the One Can Food Bank to address the growing crisis of food poverty in the community. The church will also build a café at the front of the church to provide outreach opportunities.
 
St John’s Methodist Church, Wolverhampton & Shrewsbury District is putting accessibility at its heart by providing unisex disabled toilets and baby changing facilities. The church will also spruce up the front of the building with a new glass atrium in place of the dated brick entrance, as a warm welcome for the community.
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