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“Ignition“ is our vision to develop strong links with the surrounding community.
Ignition is primarily about community. A Community Survey showed that there are great needs among our neighbours but no natural community centre from where those activities could be co-ordinated.
Whilst Anlaby Park Methodist is already a busy place, we are aware that we are not serving our community as much as we would like. Therefore many of the ideas that we have involve reaching out beyond both the immediate church family and those people who already use our facilities.
Outreach is a key Christian component and as such it is every church member’s responsibility. We believe that we need to get alongside people where they are, just as Jesus did, meeting their immediate practical and emotional needs – as well as their spiritual ones.
To get things moving we have been exploring a number of activities:
- We have developed coffee mornings on 2 Saturdays of every month, with a slightly different focus for each.
- 1st Saturday-coffee morning with cake, fair-trade & book stalls
- 3rd Saturday-coffee morning with activities and games available. There is a cake stall and bacon sandwiches are available.
- The aim is to look at growing this further so that there is a coffee morning every Saturday. It is intended this will eventually lead to a full time coffee shop, providing a meeting place and gateway to our services.
- We have adopted the Methodist Live At Home Scheme. A steering Group has been appointed to lead this exciting initiative. This will be a way of serving the community, especially those who live alone and need support because of age, infirmity or other circumstances. Our recently appointed scheme manager discusses the project in the following video:
- We have been exploring links with externalagencies. At present our building is well used and without major building changes there are only limited spare rooms available for rent by service providers. There has been positive feedback from the local councillors in support of Ignition.
- We have appointed an experienced fundraiser to spearhead our external funding efforts and develop our ongoing business plan. We have every reason to believe we will obtain matched funding from both the West Hull Methodist Circuit and the District capped at 50k each to help finance our building scheme.
- We are working hard on internal fundraising events. We intend to have a focused event per month…..so watch this space and please support those events that appeal to you, and bring your friends along too! (Follow the links at the top of the page to our diary and notices pages for the what, where and when).
- We have worked with our architect to develop plans to extend our building so that we can provide the facilities we require to further developing our community work. This is likely to be implemented in stages. We are very pleased that construction of “Phase 1″ is now underway and will hopefully be complete by Autumn 2013. Some progress photos are available HERE.
- Click on the images below to view sketches of how the completed Phase 1 will look.
- Our Ignition project is continually changing and developing over time, however there is a welcome for all of the events and activities taking place at the church. If we can be of assistance to you in any way, then please let us know either via the Anlaby Park Methodist church email address firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting the minister, Rev Christopher Mabb (01482) 352157
Ignition works through 4 separate teams of volunteers, each concentrating on a different area. These teams are co-ordinated by an executive group which meets regularly to ensure that they are all pulling in the same direction. In addition, the members of all 4 teams meet together every quarter to share developments, ideas and progress.
We are very grateful to the following organisations who have pledged support to our project: WREN, Rank Foundation, Garfield Weston, Norwood & Newton, Beatrice Laing, Cattle Trust, Bernard Sunley, Hull & East Riding Charitable Trust, Gibbs, Allchurches Trust and Veolia Environmental Trust.