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Proposed new building in Stoke Aldermoor

Early plans are underway for St Catherine’s Church in Stoke Aldermoor, Coventry to get a new church building after receiving a grant from Bishop’s Council last week.

In January 2011, the church community of St Catherine’s had to vacate their old church in St Catherine’s Close as the maintenance of the building was no longer sustainable.  Since then, the congregation of St Catherine’s has been meeting in temporary buildings on Acorn Street; however planning permission for these temporary buildings is set to expire in September 2018.

Over the last year St Catherine’s has seen growth of 60% at its Sunday services, with children and young people making up a large proportion of the congregation. With a growing congregation, the church is starting to run out of space on Sundays. Also, much of the life of the church happens during the weekdays. St Catherine’s runs many initiatives for the local community including, a twice weekly Stay and Play toddler group; a weekly youth café; God Loves yoU (an after school session on Fridays for children and their carers with games, activities and food) and a Place of Welcome to encourage those new to the UK to make friends and practice their spoken English. They also host Foodbank and a credit union.

The building project will be managed by John Scouller, the Transforming Communities Development Officer.  John says, "I met with St Catherine's PCC a couple of years ago, when they faced the mammoth task of raising money for a new church. Nevertheless, the church believed that new premises could be built, encouraged by a construction company who had been through this situation before.  Imagine the delight this month when a grant of over £600k was offered by the Bishops Council! This will allow the church to press ahead with working up plans to submit to City Council planners next spring."

Architect's vision of the entrance to St Catherine's Church

Vicar of St Catherine’s, the Reverend Buff Forbes Stone says, "St Catherine’s would like to thank Bishop’s Council for this decision and the wider church for their support in our mission and ministry over many years. We want to be faithful in fulfilling all that God is calling us to be and do"

Please pray for St Catherine’s and all involved in the building project.

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