Quiet places for worship, tranquillity and reflection
27 JUL 2020
Allchurches Trust is supporting 60 churches and Christian charities with a total of £194,950 in its latest round of grant funding. Four examples of projects which have benefited from this welcome boost, focus on faith, healing and peaceful pursuits.
Leeds Cathedral is a stunning example of architecture and a welcoming place of worship for the 1,000 plus people who attend mass, every Sunday.
Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Cathedral has been closed for group worship (only recently opening for mass with limited numbers) since 20th March, and has left many dedicated parishioners without a space to connect with God.
To ensure that worship can continue from the comfort of the home, the Cathedral has gone digital, live-streaming mass via its dedicated YouTube channel.
Leeds Cathedral is meeting a real community need, ensuring the congregation can remain spiritually connected, despite the challenges of lockdown.
£8,000 funding from Allchurches Trust will allow the Cathedral to continue its online outreach and support the upkeep of this outstanding heritage building ready for when the doors can fully re-open.
The Water Lily Project, Dorset
The Water Lily Project is a place of refuge for vulnerable women, affected by domestic violence, substance abuse, the sex trade, poverty and homelessness.
Founded in 2011, the project is based at Water Lily Café, which provides a social hub, offering affordable food, training opportunities and most importantly, a safe place to breathe, relax and heal.
A £2,000 grant from Allchurches Trust will help further the training they provide and enable them to continue supporting women as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic becomes clearer - with a reported rise of 25% in domestic abuse cases.
The funding will be used for equipment and refurbishment, so that the project can get women back on their feet and looking to a more positive future.
Chapel-en-le-Frith Methodist Church, Derbyshire
£1,500 funding from Allchurches Trust will support Chapel-en-le-Frith Methodist Church with their mission to provide a healthy outdoor space for local residents, young and old.
The community garden is being developed on a church owned plot of land, and will extend the church’s community activities –providing a space for peaceful pottering and growing friendships.
Local schools, the Girls Brigade and Alderbrook Centre for adults with learning disabilities have already committed to regular use of the garden and the church hopes to work with Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service to set up a group for people struggling with mental health issues.
They are also looking to encourage the older community to get involved and enjoy the garden, nurturing relationships between all groups of people and helping older people to feel less isolated – poignant in light of the growing levels of loneliness and isolation as a result of lockdown.
Holy Cross Parents Friends Group, Nottinghamshire
Holy Cross Primary Catholic Voluntary Academy is building a wooden chapel on the school site with the help of £1,800 Allchurches’ funding.
The chapel will be a tranquil space for quiet reflection, where children can learn, pray and understand more about the world and how we should look after it and others.
The chapel will be used continuously throughout the school day and will be a welcome retreat for children and adults at a time when people are feeling anxious and uncertain about the future.
The school itself is very limited on space and there are no quite areas for prayer, so the chapel would be the perfect place for peace and solace.
It will also be a place for groups of pupils, where young leaders can develop their skills in leading worship and exciting projects which will benefit many in the local community.