Local church community arts project picks up national award13 May 2015
Arts4All based at Southwick Christian Community Church has been awarded a £1,500 prize after nominations from across the UK were invited for the annual Faith in Action awards.
Church Secretary Brian Box, was presented with the award at the Congregational Federation Assembly held in Peterborough on Saturday 9 May. The awards, sponsored by national church insurer Congregational & General, recognise the efforts of churches that establish social initiatives within their local community.
Rev Lynda Hulcoop, Minister for Southwick Christian Community Church said: "We are delighted to receive this prize as it recognises and rewards all the wonderful work done by so many in the church in finding creative ways to express our faith. The money will go towards supporting more creative projects, the materials and the manpower we need to extend our influence and message."
Arts4All is a programme of creative activities which provide an opportunity for people of all ages and differing abilities to come together and participate in creative sessions. This includes painting and drawing, card making, mosaics, glasswork, jewellery making, needlecraft, photography and cookery. The programme encourages community volunteers or church members to share their creative skills and provide encouragement to participants from the local community.
Congregational & General Insurance Marketing Manager, Margaret Slater, said: "We place a strong focus on supporting community initiatives such as 'Arts4All' that really make a difference and unite people. I feel the success of this wide ranging project is that it not only encourages everyone to acquire new skills it is also a place for social interaction and helps bridge age, gender and cultural divides."
Rev Adrian Burr, Chair of the Congregational Federation Mission and Society Committee and a member of the judging panel commented: "The standard of entries for this year's awards was high, and each of the prize winning organisations have made a real impact in their local area. We are absolutely delighted that so many impressive, projects have grown out of local congregations and we're proud to provide 'Arts4All' with their well-deserved cash prize and hope that this funding boost will enable them to continue this important work within the community."