Ide Congregational Church receives national award

13 May 2014

The Hub @ Ide, a scheme managed by Ide Congregational Church to encourage fellowship in the local community, has been presented with a prestigious national 'Faith in Action' award.

The project, a concept from South West Area Church Support Worker Adrian Wyatt, was launched to encourage the surrounding community to engage with the church and has continued to grow since its humble beginnings as a monthly coffee morning in 2012.

The church only has a membership of 8 people but is able to offer a full programme of activities to support the local community. This includes the drop and shop, a craft morning for young children to give hard pressed parents time alone, as well as photographic classes, pizza lunches and film afternoons. A variety of different events to appeal to the multigenerational community is on offer.

The Hub @ Ide is also set to host a series of specialist talks on subjects such as substance abuse, as well as hosting an 'Ide's Got Talent' performance in the summer, a fun event showcasing performance skills from across the area.

Church secretary and leader of the project, Jackie Chadwick, and church member Evanne Voysey recently attended the Congregational Federation Assembly in Bristol to receive the award and £2,000 prize money.

She said: "We're very pleased to win this award; it is going to be extremely helpful in providing additional facilities. We're looking to improve our resources and encourage even more families to attend events at the church. Ultimately we'd like the project to become financially sustainable. At the moment our events and activities are free-of-charge, but donations are always welcome.

"We've received so much support from the community, with local businesses pitching in and with their continued help, and this award money, we can continue running our current level of activities. Plans are afoot to include after-school and children's film clubs, making this an exciting time."

Margaret Slater, Marketing Manager at Congregational and General Insurance, said: "We're delighted to present this award to Ide Congregational Church, and it's very inspiring to see such a small and rural church community thrive in this way.

"It's so encouraging to see the inclusiveness of the project and the support shown to date has brought the community together. The award is very well deserved and we look forward to seeing how the project continues to grow."