St Martin’s (Allenton)

St Martin’s Methodist Churchallenton1

ADDRESS:

Flint Street, Allenton, Derby, DE24 9BH

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SERVICE TIMES:

Sunday 10.45am

Note: During the building and refurbishment work we are worshipping in the hall.

MINISTER:

Revd Gareth Higgs

LAY PASTOR/CHURCH CONTACT:

Mairi Radcliffe

You will find a warm welcome when you come to worship with us and the opportunity to chat over a cup of tea/coffee and the end of the service.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

St Martins Transformation

THE TRANSFORMATION  OF ST MARTIN’S INTO A COMMUNITY HUB

Background

For the last decade the church congregation has been faithfully praying about how they could use their building to serve their community.

In 2012 Allenton was given ‘Big Local’ Funding and a community organisation ‘Allenton Big Local’ (ABL) was set up. One of the founding members of the ABL Partnership was also a member at St Martin’s and it soon became evident that there were several groups in Allenton who shared the same social objectives and vision.

Working together with the community groups and with a grant of £70,000 from ABL, ambitious plans were drawn up to extend and refurbish the existing church buildings and develop a community hub. However it soon became obvious that this funding would not be enough to fulfil the dream.

Thinking ‘out of the box’ the partnership viewed the challenge as one not simply about monetary funding. Guided by the church vision and shared group aspiration, the team has built on local network and agency contacts which has resulted in the wider Derby community coming on-board in support. The result is a DIY SOS style project, with much of the work being provided free of charge or at cost by local tradesmen.

What it will deliver

St Martin’s working with and alongside other community groups will provide:

  • An affordable community café providing a meeting place for the deprived in the area.
  • Toddler groups (much needed in this poor area)
  • A community garden set within this busy urban area, boasting ‘plot to plate’ initiatives, sensory garden and outdoor play
  • A community project (involving the café) supporting adults with learning difficulties
  • Strengthening existing links with ‘Enthusiasm’ providing a place for youth clubs and dance groups
  • New community rooms for local groups to meet and hold events
  • New toilets and disabled facilities that local shoppers can use
  • Provide a refurbished Church building fit for 21st Century Worship

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Read the latest articles and media releases to follow this exciting project:

August 2017 – Derby Telegraph: £350k community centre being created in Allenton

August 2017 – Connect East Midlands Article: Major new community centre in Allenton

July 2017 – East Midlands Business Link Report: ‘Demolition Day’ Swings Into Action

Nov 2017 update on the transformation at St Martin’s

Nov 2017 update on the transformation at St Martin’s

Work is now well underway to transform the unattractive, tired church buildings at St Martin’s into a state of the art community hub and the church into a building fit for 21st century worship.

How has all this been possible?

For the last decade the small church congregation has been faithfully praying about how they could use their building to serve their community.

In 2012 Allenton was highlighted nationally and given ‘Big Local’ Funding and a community organisation ‘Allenton Big Local’ (ABL) was set up. One of the founding members of the ABL Partnership was also a member at St Martin’s and it soon became evident that there were several groups in Allenton who shared the same social objectives and vision.

Working together with the community groups and with a grant of £70,000 from ABL, ambitious plans were drawn up to extend and refurbish the existing church buildings and develop a community hub. However it soon became obvious that this funding would not be enough to fulfil the dream.

Thinking ‘out of the box’ the partnership viewed the challenge as one not simply about monetary funding. Guided by the church vision and shared group aspiration, the team has built on local network and agency contacts which has resulted in the wider Derby community coming on board in support. The result is a DIY SOS style project, with much of the work being provided free of charge or at cost by local tradesmen.

All the monies provided by the community (now at £85,000) can only be spent on the development of the community hub, but with help from both the Circuit and District the congregation has been able build into the project a refurbishment of the church itself. This will include a new heating system, the fixing of the leaking roof, insulation and rendering of the church building.

Where we are now

At the time of writing (beginning Nov 2017) we have 48 fabulous new windows, the extension walls for the community café have been built, done by apprentices from the National Construction Academy and steels for the roof are about to go up. The hall and meeting rooms are midway through being re plastered and painted, all being done by apprentices from Derby College. The project has provided a fantastic training ground for Derby teenagers.

The total value of the work being done is in excess of £500,000 yet the total bill will be less than £120,000. We continue to praise God for what he is doing at St Martin’s and eagerly look forward to completion of the project in early 2018 when the real work starts. The community hub will provide an exciting platform for fellowship, service and mission and plans are already being made to make the most of the unique opportunity to extend His Kingdom.

St Martins activities

CURRENT ACTIVITIES:

Monday         5.30 – 9.30pm Slimming World

Tuesday         1st Tuesday in the month – Home Group

4.30 – 6pm ‘Mash Up’ Derby Homes project

6 – 9pm Enthusiasm – Youth group

Wednesday    9.30am Prayer Meeting

4.30 – 6.30pm Enthusiasm – Dance group

7 – 10pm Drama Incorporated

Thursday        5.30pm Brownies & Girl Guides

Friday             10.30 – 11.30am Over 55’s Keep Fit

 

 

 

At St Martin’s we also welcome another worshipping community.

HOUSE OF GLORY:

Minister: Rev Dorothy Guy.

Contact: 01332 690566

Sunday Worship:  2 – 5pm

1st and 3rd Fridays each month: 7 – 9pm

2nd Saturday each month: 9 – 11.30am

For details of other activities please ring Rev Guy at the number above