York City Centre Church to be transformed into a new community venue

The managing trustees of Central Methodist Church York have voted to pursue a future where the Grade 2* listed building is transformed into a community centre. The alternative scenario for the church to choose from was to close the church building and cease to meet for worship; this was rejected. This key milestone took place on Thursday 10th December. For the last two years research has been underway to discover how to conserve and adapt the city centre church and its ancillary buildings for the continuing benefit and welfare of the community of the city and its visitors. The congregation sees the building as a precious asset to be shared with the community at large, but has previously struggled to meet the costs of maintenance for the 22,500 sq ft building. The Church hopes that the transformation will incorporate: • Well-equipped halls and meeting rooms in a range of sizes • Office space aimed at organisations working with vulnerable people • Full disabled access • A welcoming reception • Protection and enhancement of the space used by Carecent • Improvements to the streetscape • Community café aimed at families incorporating soft play space. Ian Miller, a steward at the church, said "I'm really excited that we can share our buildings with the wider community and make them more sustainable at the same time. I hope that those who use the transformed premises may discover something of our Christian way of life." The church will host a free 'Sing Along Carol Concert' at 3:30pm on the 22nd December to which all are welcome. It will be preceded by a café from 1:30pm; presenting the perfect opportunity to visit for anyone interested in seeing inside the premises.

For more information contact

NameIan MillerEmailmail@ianmiller.netTelephone07773201548Websitewww.centralmethodistyork.org.uk

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