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St Catherine’s New Building to Open
23/09/19

St Catherine’s Church, Stoke Aldermoor has been on a long journey in the last 8 years which is now in its final phase. The new church building is going to be opened by the Bishop of Coventry, the Right Revd Dr Christopher Cocksworth at a dedication service on October the 1st at 7pm.

The new building has a multipurpose hall where the church will run its Jigsaw Stay and Play groups, Youth Café, Foodbank, as well as holding Sunday services. There is a meeting room, kitchen, toilets, a vestry for quiet prayer and an office. The site is fully accessible and has an electric car charging point in its carpark as well as bicycle racks. St Catherine’s already partners with other local church congregations, charities, a Credit Union and provides meeting space for groups run by the council but with their new building, they hope to be even more of a community resource.

For the past few years, the church has met in the portacabins which remain at the rear of the site and these will continue to be used by Proof Bakery, a social enterprise giving employment opportunities to refugee women. Revelopement of this part of the site will become phase 2!

Vicar of St Catherine's, the Revd Buff Forbes Stone says:

"We are so grateful for all the support which has enabled us to have this splendid new building. We want it to be a sign of hope and commitment that God is here right in the midst of Stoke Aldermoor."

The Right Reverend Dr Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry says:

"St Catherine’s has been serving the needs of Stoke Aldermoor for 80 years.  In recent years the congregation has expanded despite being housed in portacabins. It’s marvellous to see a new building beginning to appear that will better serve the spiritual and community needs of the community now and for generations to come."

The Design & Build scheme is being undertaken by Mayway Construction Limited, a Coventry based business with over 20 years experience including building and refurbishing many churches.

Funding for the new building has come mainly from Diocesan LINC funds (for low income communities) supplemented by St Catherine’s own funds and support from a range of charitable trusts. Trust donations include, £10,000 from Allchurches Trust;  Edward Cadbury, 29th May 1961 Charitable Trusts, and Beatrice Laing Family Trust each gave £5000, and £2000 came from the Rank Foundation. Also the Garfield Weston Foundation have pledged a £7,500 grant. These grants are critical in paying for fitting out the new church with audio-visual equipment, equipping the café and informal meeting area, and paying for safety/security items.   

The project has been facilitated by John Scouller, a Development Worker from Together for Change Coventry & Warwickshire, on behalf of the Diocese of Coventry and St Catherine’s Stoke Aldermoor.  “Together for Change” is a charitable joint venture set up by the Diocese of Coventry and CUF to resource and equip churches to transform their communities and tackles issues of systemic poverty.