Our changing city
17 June 2019 IN: Parish News
"The plethora of new housing developments going up in our city centre was clear to me from the 43rd floor of a new block called Anaconda Cut in my parish of Sacred Trinity", said Canon Andy Salmon. "A staggering 3,455 apartments and 83 houses are being built in the parish, and it’s likely our population will more than double to over 12,000 people." The city centre is expanding and the population growth is also affecting parishes such as Brunswick, Hulme, Ancoats, Collyhurst, Ordsall, and Longsight.
So who is moving into these new developments? Primarily young adults in their twenties, usually with a degree, sometimes with a ‘good job’. They come from all over the world, almost all rent, and the rent is expensive.
"For churches in and around the city centre there is a huge challenge in how we connect with this new demographic. At Sacred Trinity we are working on the basics such as a good website, attractive notice boards, effective social media presence, a warm welcome, quality coffee, smart welcome bags, etc.
"We are also giving a lot of thought to what activities and services might attract our new residents. We recently started a quiet meditative service that might be helpful to some. We have other ideas that we want to try and we are trying to make sure that we get out into the community rather than just expecting them to come to us.
"The challenge is huge but also very exciting. Cities and communities change but God is with us in the change. We just have to prayerfully discern what God is calling us to now."