Church plant rich in diversity
11 July 2018 IN: Ministers
Rusholme is a wonderfully diverse community, home to many people, cultures and languages. A bookshop on the high street, unique in Manchester for stocking a wide range of books in Arabic and Asian languages, attracts lots of people, who as well as finding something to read, find a warm welcome, friendship, support and people who share their Christian faith in their own language.
The Trinity Community Church Rusholme (TCC), with its informal worship style, meets in the Alexandria Library space at various points during the week, holding Bible studies in English, Farsi, Kurdish and Arabic. On Sundays it uses a nearby community centre.
One TCC member, Hatim, who was recently baptised, said, “TCC is more than a place to worship: it’s family. People invite you to their homes and share their food. I like the diversity, the different languages and countries that people come from. We’re like one body, helping each other out.”
Hatim has been volunteering with the Boaz Trust that supports asylum seekers and refugees. He said, “I’m growing and developing in my faith as a Christian.”
Curate at Holy Trinity, Rusholme, The Revd John Brett, has seen TCC grow and divide to form two distinct congregations, one in Rusholme and the other in nearby Fallowfield. He wants to see the model develop to produce more and more churches that reflect the makeup of the diverse communities they serve.
John said, “Many people here are in difficult situations and it’s our job to love them. They don’t get mired in self pity, but help and support one another. I meet people who challenge me by sharing different translations of the bible. By bouncing ideas off one another we learn and grow together.
Sadoon Al Shammari, who now leads an Arabic Bible study there, said, “I’ve met people from different countries who have shared similar experiences to me. We help and support one another, and through the Bible studies I have changed my beliefs.
"This church has totally changed my life!"