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MetiNews.Com - The Diocese of Manchester's plans hope to grow the church by over 1,350 people by the end of 2025
Breaking News ! A former Chinese restaurant will be transformed into a church in a project headed up by the Diocese of Manchester. The Church of England diocese announced it will receive £5.035 million from the Church Commissioners’ Strategic Development Fund to develop church projects in Chorlton, Hulme and Rochdale. The three areas have been identified by the Diocese to be of high deprivation and where such projects could be most effective. The projects are aimed at growing younger and diverse church communities within Manchester. The new churches, focused on making them more accessible to people under the age of 40, aim to grow the church by over 1,350 people by the end of 2025. The Diocese of Manchester, which is the Church of England in Greater Manchester, currently consists of 346 churches and said each project would help grow congregations in different ways. Read More Related Articles Warning after cold callers in Stockport become 'aggressive' after being challenged Read More Related Articles Get the day's most-important news direct to your inbox “Each of the three new projects has a very different culture and missional approach" the Diocese said in a statement. "[The projects] address the challenges facing the diocese, and its specific Mission Goals of growing younger, more diverse congregations, and growing in areas of deprivation." Red & Hot Buffet, a former Chinese restaurant on Nelson Street in Rochdale, will be refurbished into a new resource church building aimed at young people in partnership with the Church Revitalisation Trust. The former Red & Hot Buffet on Nelson Street in Rochdale will be converted into a dynamic new church (Image: Manchester Diocese) Janie Cronin, previously a curate at Holy Trinity Brompton, has been appointed as team leader for the resource church. Resourcing churches help build links within the local community while also providing assistance with other local churches to develop their own ministry. Read more of today's stories here It is hoped the ‘network of interventions’ in Rochdale, alongside a new Church Army Centre of Mission, will become a blueprint for revitalising other post-industrial towns across the north of England. In Hulme, the existing Church of the Ascension will be turned into a hub church in partnership with St Martin-in-the-Fields and the HeartEdge Network.
. Peter and St. Paul Teddington in London, will be fronting the Hulme project.
The Ascension church on Royce Road in Hulme will become a new hub church
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He said he was ‘happy to be making Manchester a home’ having joined the Ascension church earlier this month. “I'm hoping to make Manchester a home for those for whom home means little; those in God's heart who find themselves on the edges of society, those who face poverty, those who face homophobia, those who face racism, those who do not fit in, I pray can fit together in Christ within community." St Werburgh’s in Chorlton will become the Chorlton Resource Church, in partnership with the New Wine Network. The church will share links with St Phillips in Salford, currently Manchester Diocese’s only resource church.
St Werburgh's Church on Wilbraham Road in Chorlton will become the Chorlton Resource Church in the autumn
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“We really cannot wait to get to know such a vibrant community,” said Revd James Neal, who is leading the Chorlton venture. “We're excited to be a church that people can call home, where people are welcomed and loved and where people find it as easy as possible to encounter and connect with the living Jesus. “We're also so excited to see many other churches planted and revitalized to offer this life to even more people across the city because we believe that the life that Jesus offers is for anyone and everyone.”
Speaking of the investment in the new projects, the Bishop of Manchester, Dr David Walker, said: “I’m delighted that these three projects will now be able to go ahead. “I am grateful to the funders who have grasped our vision for growing God’s Church and Kingdom here in Manchester and have shown confidence in the proposals. “These new churches will work alongside our existing parishes, chaplaincies and projects, spreading the love of Jesus Christ and deepening Christian fellowship in the Holy Spirit. “Together we will serve the communities of the Manchester area through social action, the combating of injustice, and our care for the environment.”