Worcester MP Robin Walker has welcomed over £5 million funding to the Diocese of Worcester that will be used to develop two churches, one of which is located in the city.
The funding comes as a grant from the Archbishop’s Council, a charity set up to support the work of the Church of England and will be used to redevelop church buildings as well as allow the churches to employ additional staff allowing them to grow faster and provide a resource for churches across the diocese. The churches are part of the Church of England’s ‘resourcing’ plan to give a greater focus on smaller churches in cities.
All Saints Church on Fish Street has grown to nearly 400 members since its launch in 2002. The funding will allow All Saints’ to develop and expand further as well as further develop the nearby St Helen’s Church.
It is expected that All Saints will launch as a resourcing church in the Autumn.
The Bishop of Worcester, Dr John Inge said:
“We’re absolutely delighted that the Church Commissioners are supporting this new project. Research has shown how bringing resources into an area to fund intentional mission can have an impact much wider than the individual churches. Resourcing Churches have been very successful across the Church of England in bringing more people to faith and All Saints and Top Church are both an important part of the mix as to how we can better serve and reach those who are not currently part of any Christian community.”
The Revd Rich Johnson, Vicar of All Saints, said:
“All Saints is excited about becoming one of the resourcing churches in the diocese, which will allow us to further develop our commitment to both caring for the most vulnerable in our city and to offer a place where people of all backgrounds can explore faith. We look forward to being able to partner strategically with the Bishop and other churches to see renewal and growth across the region.”
After the announcement, Robin said:
“It is wonderful to hear about funding for All Saints’, and I am sure the city as a whole will be hugely grateful to the Archbishop’s Council and the Diocese of Worcester for this news.”
“Faith is an enormously important part of our city’s heritage. I am always keen to support new places of worship in Worcester and I am delighted to see that our lively city churches are getting an extra boost at a time when the city is eagerly awaiting the delivery of its first purpose built Mosque.”
Notes to editors
The announcement from the Diocese of Worcester can be viewed here: