St Matthew’s Church Carver Street in the centre of Sheffield has launched a £700,000 fundraising campaign to restore the church and fund its future mission.
The parish intends to improve access, change the flooring, increase flexibility to the seating and the arts and crafts stalls.
Fr Grant Naylor, the vicar of the church, commented: "Since the launch we have now raised £41,000, but there is a long way to go and the hard work starts now. St Matthew’s has always been a centre of worship, mission and blessing in Sheffield, acting as a centre for all those who are in need. Our work here is vital and I am supported by the most amazing team."
The Bishop of Sheffield, Rt Revd Pete Wilcox said at a recent fundraising event: "it is because I sincerely believe this project will enhance and enrich the worship of God and the mission of God in heart of the city of Sheffield that I commend it to you without reservation."
Founded in 1855, St Matthew’s Church Carver Street rose to prominence during the 54 year long incumbency of the famous slum priest Fr George Campbell Ommanney who was vicar from 1882-1936.