Celebrating with awards
21 November 2017 IN: Bishop
We are delighted to announce the projects that have been commended with a Church for a Different World Award. Sixteen projects are highly commended by Bishop David at an awards ceremony this evening and a further 11 have received written commendations.
The awards celebrate the inspirational and innovative work that is growing throughout the diocese as we become Church for a different world. Sometimes this is through major projects; often, it is through the small-scale, involving just a few people. But the effect is the same in both cases: to glorify God and to make him known.
Bishop David said, “I announced the Church for a different world awards last summer, inviting you to share good practice, help us learn from each other, and celebrate what is good. I have been delighted by the number and quality of applications for an award.
“The projects reflect our five priority areas of delivering church, addressing social injustice, nurturing people, spreading spirituality and transforming communities. I am very impressed with the range of projects demonstrated, and I hope that by sharing ideas, you might be encouraged to try new things that have been shown to work well in different contexts.”
Highly commended projects
|Ashton, Holy Trinity & Community Centre||People, Place and Presence||Large-scale project including tackling isolation, empowering women and promoting good mental and physical health in a deprived and multi-ethnic community.|
|Broughton Team Ministry||Community Mission Project||Four projects: closer relationship with local Jewish community; a fresh expression; a community food club; a Place of Welcome|
|Clarksfield, St Barnabas||Abundant Life||Multi-stranded youth and community projects, including largest youth club in Oldham and 200-300 free breakfasts served during school holidays|
|Collyhurst, The Saviour||Gateway Debt Advice||Debt advice scheme established in June 2016, at a time of benefit changes. Debts of over £500k have been written off as a result.|
|Davyhulme, St Mary the Virgin||Wardenshare||Successfully enabled and encouraged (younger) church leadership from those with work or home commitments|
|Droylsden, St Mary with St Martin & The Epiphany||Droylsden Nativities Festival||As part of the improvement and regeneration of the town centre, nativity scenes are placed in local shops. Displays have grown to number 65 in 2016.|
|Eastlands, St Barnabas & Beswick, The Resurrection||Afternoon Church||A ‘sacramental fresh expression’ starting in January 2017, in a part of the parish with no church building. Sessions begin with shared food.|
|Ellenbrook, St Mary the Virgin||Singing 4 Tots||Arising from baptism ministry, a monthly carer and tots group.|
|Hurst, St John the Evangelist||St John’s Wednesday Welcome||A Place of Welcome organised to address issues surrounding social isolation, in liaison with local statutory and voluntary agencies.|
|Kersal, St Paul & St Andrew||The Borehole Project||£18,500 raised for a borehole in Kenya, through a personal connection forged at St Paul’s.|
|Oldham Parish Church||Oldham Street Angels||Set up in 2011, in collaboration with other statutory and voluntary services, the Street Angels serve the night-time economy.|
|Pennington, Christ Church||Sports Village Church||Church plant to reach the marginalised and underprivileged, with other services in partnership with CAP.|
|Prestwich, St Mary||Pre-School Praise||A mid-week worship service aimed at pre-school children and carers.|
|Stretford Deanery||A Dementia Aware Deanery||Every parish has sent representatives to dementia awareness training, culminating in the Deanery becoming ‘Dementia Aware’ in May 2017.|
|Victoria Park, St Chrysostom||Language Classes for Victims of Human Trafficking||Working with the Medaille Trust, the need was identified for victims of human trafficking to gain English language skills.|
|West Bolton, St Paul with Emmanuel||Emmanuel Community Cohesion Project||Three elements: Faith Trails, Bolton Inter-Faith Young Ambassadors, and Farsi Bible Study/Support Group.|
More on featured projects
For more on some of the highly commended projects, follow these links:
More stories are to follow in the coming weeks.
In addition to the highly commended projects, another 11 were commended by Bishop David.
|Chorlton, St Werburgh||Open Arms|
|Droylsden, St Mary with St Martin & The Epiphany||Droylsden and District Foodbank|
|Eccles Deanery||Sing Choirs of Angels!|
|Flixton, St Michael||Quiet Garden|
|Heywood, St Margaret||Maggie Tots (toddle group)|
|Langley, Burnside Centre||Family Fun and Food|
|Little Hulton, St John Bapt.||Mission Action Plan|
|Littleborough||Benefice Church Council|
|Mossley||Schools working together|
|Prestwich, St Margaret & St George||‘If you don’t come to us, we’ll come to you!’|
|Wythenshawe||Feed your Faith|