In a move to revitalize Christianity in the UK, the Church of England (CoE) plans to build a church on every estate in the country, reports UK news magazine, Daily Express.
The CoE hopes this project will attract more people to attend church services when a church is nearer to their communities. Residents on large estates will be recruited to help the CoE realize this project. They will receive aid in building the new churches which could also be in the form of community centers, schools, and coffee shops.
The vision is a thriving, loving Christian church on every single large estate. That’s not a building – we’re talking about church as community of people. —Bishop of Burnley, Philip North
“The vision is a thriving, loving Christian church on every single large estate,” said the Bishop of Burnley, Philip North, chairman of the Archbishops’ Estates Evangelism Task Force. “That’s not a building – we’re talking about church as community of people.”
Bishop North sees the project as a means to build strong communities and prevent violent crimes. “We can’t solve those big cultural problems, but what we can do is offer individuals spaces of safety and belonging where they can turn their lives