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Making Properties Fit for Mission

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After almost £1.5 million in investment, two churches in Sheffield and Derbyshire North East Circuits have been transformed into modern community spaces, expanding their missional opportunities.
Greenhill Methodist Church in Sheffield and Bolsover Methodist Church in Derbyshire have spent the last few years, planning, fundraising, praying and working with developers and architects to modernise the church buildings.

Revd. Jonathan Haigh is the Minister at Greenhill Methodist Church and he explains how the vision was created.

He said: “In 2014, after a vision day and much prayer, we felt that God was leading us to extend and update our facilities to further our community outreach. We wanted to be good hosts and to offer a safe space for the social, mental and spiritual well-being of the people in our communities we are called to serve.”

Thanks to fundraising and support from the District and Circuit, demolition and building work started on time on 27th April 2020, despite Covid-19.

Revd. Haigh said: “On 26th November 2020, we had the historic moment in the life and mission of the church, when the keys were handed back to the church. We now have a welcoming atrium with new entrance to church. There is a fully refurbished hall with central catering kitchen. There will be a new outside play area. The scout hut has disabled access and the whole premises is now accessible to all. Now we can’t wait to welcome the community back in to offer events and host groups that will enrich the wellbeing of those who come after a difficult year of isolation from others. It is a mission resource for the Methodist Church, and we want it to be used to welcome the community, share Jesus and make disciples. It is all to the glory of God.”

Bolsover Methodist Church closed its doors over 16 months ago so refurbishment work could begin. Covid-19 has created some delays, however the developers have handed back the keys to the Church and the finishing touches are now being completed.

Revd. Sean Adair is the Minister at Bolsover Methodist Church and he’s excited for the opportunities which the newly refurbished church building offers. Watch the youtube slideshow to see the changes.

“He said: “We look forward to the day when we can open the church once again for worship and service to the Bolsover community. Once again it will be a place for a cuppa to be shared with a friend. Once again it will be a place for burdens to be shared and supportive advice given. Once again it will be a place to celebrate new life, join people in marriage and bring our loved ones at the end of their lives. Once again, we will aspire to be a place of radical welcome and hospitality, a place of passionate worship, a place of intentional faith development, a place of risk-taking mission and service, and a place of extravagant generosity.”

Neil Harland, Mission Development Support Worker at Sheffield Methodist District said: “The work at Greenhill and Bolsover are excellent examples of how we can make properties fit for mission. These churches have clear visions of how they can support and be in the centre of their local communities. Many other churches are also receiving support from The District in order to do the same and we are excited to see how other properties are being transformed thanks to a lot of hard work and dedication. The District would like to support more churches remodelling their premises for mission, so please get in touch with me, for further support.”

You can reach Neil by emailing mission@sheffieldmethodist.org

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