Small Yorkshire village to get exciting multi-functional resource church

In the small village of Poppleton near York, a project to transform a church into a multi-functional community space is underway with help from Allchurches Trust.

Poppleton Methodist Church has big plans to turn its church and surrounding buildings into a multi-functional space which will offer accommodation to more user groups, increase footfall and improve opportunities for hospitality and community engagement.

The church has a total annual attendance of around 18,000 with its facilities currently being used by 19 regular groups, including a playgroup and a community café. The popularity of the church means its facilities are regularly full to capacity and it often has to turn down requests for rooms due to the constraints of the current building.

The building development will see the creation of a new self-contained hall. This will provide much needed rooms for organisations and groups, while improvements to the church’s community café will benefit older people and young families. New meeting rooms, which will open directly on to a new garden, will better enable the church to develop partnerships with community groups and agencies including ‘Dementia Forward’, who have been unable to find suitable premises in Poppleton.

The church also plans to provide a space for Poppleton surgery which is located next to its premises and has insufficient space to carry out screenings. It hopes the new space will enable them to host other activities such as courses, recreational groups, creative workshops and study days.

Poppleton Methodist Church feel confident the project will transform the church into a community resource which offers hospitality, builds relationships and actively develops partnerships with community groups in a variety of ways. Allchurches Trust provided the project with a funding boost of £12,000, while it has also benefited from £25,000 from the Methodist Insurance Fund.

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