Prescot and Whiston Methodist Church transforms its worship and community centre

07 DEC 2020

A £25,000 grant from the Allchurches’ Methodist Grants Programme has helped transform an outdated, deteriorating, and unattractive Liverpool Methodist community centre into an inviting, energy efficient building for community use and worship by Prescot and Whiston Methodist Church.

Funded primarily by donations from Methodist Insurance PLC, Allchurches’ Methodist Grants Programme  seeks to enhance the mission and ministry of the Methodist Church in the UK and Ireland, funding building development projects that focus on church growth, community engagement and improved accessibility.
 
The new Prescot Centre is the largest public building in town. Before the redevelopment, Gwyn Birch, Joint Property Steward, described it as being in a terrible state and unfit for purpose: “our church members didn’t want to marry here, and several people requested their funerals were held elsewhere.”
 
The redevelopment began in 2015 with the creation of a welcoming, glass-fronted entrance, housing a new community tearoom. In 2019, the Methodist Grants Programme helped to provide increased storage, a new meeting room for group use, a new roof, double-glazing, energy efficient power and heating systems, and general refurbishment throughout the building.
 
The friendliest place in town…
 
Prescot Centre is home to a weekly drop-in centre for asylum seekers and refugees from Knowsley, helped by the Prescot Fellowship of Churches. Volunteers provide a shared meal, English conversation classes and medical advice, and a small shop offers free clothes and food at a fraction of supermarket prices.
 
“Supporting asylum seekers is so rewarding,” Gwyn continued. “A group of around fifty come regularly, including many children. It’s one of the best projects we’re involved in, along with the Foodbank.”
 
“The tearoom is wonderful, and it’s enabled us to welcome so many new people to our church. It’s pleasant, inexpensive and we’re getting a reputation for being the friendliest place in town. People don’t mind coming on their own – they know somebody will take time to talk to them.”
 
To learn more about Allchurches’ Methodist Grants Programme, head to www.allchurches.co.uk/methodistgrants
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