Two Liverpool Diocese development projects receive grants

Two church-led community research and development projects in Liverpool have been awarded £100,000 each from the Archbishops' Council and Church Commissioners.

St Andrew’s Clubmoor, situated in one of the most deprived areas of the UK, links with the community by providing vital services. These include foodbanks, debt advice, self help groups and parent and toddler groups. The church also runs missional communities that work alongside particular groups in the community. The grant will be used to bring the mission and practical work closer together by employing two people to work with local families and people in recovery, establishing work patterns and practices that can be used elsewhere.

Liverpool Cathedral will use its grant to increase the reach of its Zone 2 and Deeper projects across the Diocese of Liverpool. Zone 2 is a weekly, all-age, café-style Sunday morning congregation and Deeper is an evening adult-oriented Discipleship and worship gathering which meets twice a month. The grant will enable this work to multiply across the Diocese of Liverpool, particularly in parishes lacking resources, and it will help build an online resource library for churches to use.

The grant will also fund a Mission Pastor for three years, who will work as an associate to Richard White, the Cathedral’s Canon for Mission and Evangelism, to facilitate the development across the Diocese. This will enable Richard to work with parishes wishing to start similar groups.

The Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Revd James Jones, commenting on the two grants given to projects in the diocese said: “The support for the developing work of the Cathedral and in Clubmoor is a huge affirmation of our diocesan commitment to growth and the importance of high quality local leadership. I think both awards are excellent examples of the potentially transformational nature of such strategic investment.”

Picture caption: The North Liverpool Foodbank run by St Andrew's Clubmoor


About the grants

Liverpool was one of eight dioceses awarded grants this year.
A further £2million in grants is being distributed nationally next year. This overall £3million for developing church growth in deprived areas is part of £12million set aside by the Archbishops’ Council and Church Commissioners for research and development work in 2011-13 and is in support of the strategic goals set out by the Archbishop of Canterbury in his
November 2010 Presidential Address to the new General Synod.

The Church Commissioners and Archbishops’ Council have for many years earmarked money specifically for mission development; while the details of this funding stream are new, it is part of the continuing commitment to ensure that the money generated by the historic endowment of the Commissioners is available to meet 'opportunity' as well as 'need'.