Manchester awarded £5m from Church Commissioners for church growth projects
26 June 2020 IN: National News
The Diocese of Manchester has learnt today that it has been successful in its bid for £5.035 million from the Church Commissioners’ Strategic Development Fund to develop projects that will help grow a younger and more diverse church, particularly in areas of high deprivation.
The money will be used for three creative new interventions over five years, with the aim of reaching people aged under 40, the generation that is often missing from our churches.
The new projects are:
The Ascension, Hulme Hub Church. A ground-breaking Hub Church will be established in the existing parish church of The Ascension, Hulme, in partnership with St Martin-in-the-Fields and the HeartEdge Network.
Renewing Rochdale. An ambitious network of interventions in Rochdale will revitalise the Christian witness and wider life of this post-industrial town in one of the most deprived regions of the country. The interventions will all work together and include estates and pioneer ministry, a new Church Army Centre of Mission and a town centre resource church planted in partnership with the Church Revitalisation Trust. Architects have been engaged for the refurbishment of the new Resource Church building - purchased by the Diocese, specifially for this project - from its former use as a restaurant.
Chorlton Resource Church. St Werburgh’s in Chorlton will become a Resource Church in partnership with the New Wine Network and sharing close links with St Philips, Salford, currently Manchester Diocese’s only resourcing church. The traditional church building is well-placed near the centre of Chorlton and has extensive hall space and strong existing links with community groups.
Each of the three new projects has a very different culture and missional approach, and helps address the challenges facing the diocese, and its specific Mission Goals of growing younger, more diverse congregations, and growing in areas of deprivation.