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The Community Stars  

In 2017, as part of our Community Awards competition we asked Methodist Churches across the country to let us know how they were reaching out to communities and making a difference to people’s lives. 

The response to the competition was overwhelming, as so many churches sent in details of ingenious and life-changing projects. It was proof of the community spirit prevalent amongst the Methodist church communities, and showed that Methodism is taking an active stand in society, providing support, fellowship and guidance to people across the UK. 

It’s good to share

One of the key aims of our competition was to share ideas across the Methodist Connexion and inspire similar projects at other churches.

Sometimes, all it takes is a great idea and a band of willing volunteers to be able to reach out and offer vital services and support to people beyond those four walls. So we are sharing more of the projects we hear about with you, and hope they continue to inspire more churches. 

Simply click on the Community Stars stories below to read a summary of each community project. 

Feeling inspired?

You can download a copy of the stories which have inspired you the most, simply click the download button under each story.

Each wonderful story includes a checklist showing you what you might need to create something similar at your church.
  • A unique approach for uniforms

     
    For many young families, the rising cost of living means they have to decide between buying new school uniforms for their children or putting food on the table. 

    St Luke’s Methodist Church is part of a group of churches that have come together to create Free Uniform for Secondary Schools (FUSS), a project that supplies supply school clothing for families living on The Wirral Peninsula. 

    Families can come along to a FUSS community hub or the group’s shop in Birkenhead, where they can pick out the items they need. Parents of secondary school children can also request clothes online via the FUSS website. 

    The initiative has already inspired a number of similar projects across the North and North East of the UK, and it has brought churches together across The Wirral too.

  • A recipe for success

     
    When Hylda Emsden of Trinity Methodist Church heard that clients of the local foodbank weren’t always sure how to cook the ingredients they received, she came up with an ingenious solution. 

    Hylda got together with other volunteers from churches across the region to offer cookery classes to anyone who wanted to come along. 

    The group aims to cover a huge variety of foods and ingredients, including main meals, desserts, soups and cakes. All are low cost, easy to prepare and nourishing, and there’s always plenty of practical advice on offer. 

    The cookery classes are run in partnership with a number of churches in the area, and all are funded by the churches themselves.

    The courses have been so popular that they have been running ever since. 

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    Winner of the grand prize revealed

    We are proud to announce that the winner of the grand prize, claiming the £5,000 prize is Burrington Methodist Church, North Devon.  
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