Crowland Methodist Church
After a five-year consultation period of whether to relocate Crowland Methodist Church, members collectively took the decision to remain at the current Chapel and carry out the necessary maintenance that the site required.
The conclusion was reached following the centenary anniversary celebrations in 2015, and since then, the group’ has worked tirelessly in its quest to source funding for the repairs. Fortunately, local business Mick George Ltd kindly granted £15,000, that has recently permitted the completion of the installation works.
The funds have been predominantly utilised to replace the badly-soiled, 23-year-old carpets throughout the building, as well as the refurbishment to several, deteriorating windows, which has consequently secured the premises from weather damage.
The sites general dilapidation owes largely to the age of the building and the constant, frequent use by long-standing, local community organisations for functions and gatherings, in addition to its central worship purpose.
The revitalised environment is now a much more pleasurable place, especially for social group’s such as ‘mum’s and tot’s’ which spend the majority of their visits on the floor.
Given the locality of the Church within a Conservation area, all upgrades are in keeping with the landscapes immediate surroundings.
Dating back to 1915, Crowland Methodist Church is one of only a few of its kind to retain the majority of its distinctive characteristic design features. These include the original red and yellow brick, decorative stone doorway that has a segmental headway with a tympanum, as well as the gothic style window arches and plinths, topped with a finial.
Crowland Methodist Church is just one of 4,512 local churches within Great Britain. It is the site’s sole intention, to increase awareness of God's presence and to celebrate God's love, to help people to grow and learn as Christians, through mutual support and care, to be a good neighbour to people in need, to challenge injustice and to encourage people to follow Jesus Christ.
The Methodist Church is Britain’s fourth largest Christian denomination and part of the worldwide Methodist family of over 60 million committed members and a further 20 million adherents. Every week, there are some 202,000 visits to Methodist church services.
Mick Goodman, Member of Crowland Methodist Church said: ‘’We are very grateful to Mick George Ltd for their generosity, which has enabled us to bring our Church into a place that is in good order and a place of welcome. The gift has enabled us to make our Church a place that the community are, and do use regularly.’’
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’We recognise funds aren’t readily available for projects such as this, especially when the facility is often volunteer, or charity led. That is the exact purpose that we created the Community Fund initiative, and why we spread it as far and wide as we possibly can, taking in a whole array of projects from different backgrounds.’’
Stump continued: ‘’We have worked in partnerships with a number of Churches and Parish Councils with positive results, and I’m sure it will be exactly the same on this occasion.’’