170-year-old chapel brought into the 21st century
Mariners is a 170-year-old chapel located in the middle of the re-developed Gloucester Docks. Like many churches during the Covid pandemic services moved on-line.
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These donations have already made a massive difference to churches and cathedrals across the country, and while £130 might not sound like a vast sum, these donations can make a big difference to churches large and small. Many churches have also benefitted from multiple donations as more than one member of the congregation has taken up the offer.
Some churches are lucky enough to have artwork such as wall paintings. While these are beautiful, they can be costly to keep in a good state of repair. One church we spoke to were struggling with this exact problem, and are delighted to put their donations to good use in the restoration of these works of art.
New sound system
Sound systems are a vital part of a church, from helping the congregation hear the readings to improving the sound of the worship. One church was happy to report that their donation will be going towards replacing their old sound system, which was in desperate need of an upgrade.
A fun day and BBQ
Many churches host family fun days, which are a great way to engage with the local community, but sometimes the costs can add up. One church was very pleased that their donation could help towards the cost of their annual fun day and funded the barbeque, which everyone enjoyed.
New church chairs
One church was delighted to be able to use their donation towards the cost of replacing their old, worn out pews with new, more comfortable chairs. The new chairs are also much easier to move out of the church for events such as holiday clubs and other events.
Affording necessary structural work and repairs is a struggle for many churches, usually requiring applications for grants and lots of fundraising. Every penny raised is a massive help, so one church was delighted to have received a number of donations, contributing towards their expensive repairs.
New window seat
One church noticed that an old pine bench seat in the church tower was affected with woodworm, but their fabric repair fund was already committed elsewhere. They decided to use their donation to contribute to the cost of replacing the seat, meaning it didn’t impact their other work.
Noticeboards can be a valuable communication link for a church with their local community. One church’s noticeboard had been in a state of disrepair for some time, and their donation helped towards the cost of installing a new one.
Balancing the books
The day-to-day running costs of a church can be very expensive; so many churches are making good use of their donations to help them stay on top of these costs.