LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT

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This year the Church has launched ‘The Lighthouse Project’ with the aim of ‘renewing St Michael’s Church building as a house of prayer, worship and community that reaches out to the people of Byker.’ After many years of the building not being in a usable state and being mostly closed to the community we have a desire to make this iconic building on Byker hill an inviting and flexible space that can be used for a variety of different purposes. As a place of considerable heritage, we want to use the building to bring the people of Byker together from across the generations and alongside it’s restoration we are planning projects that promote friendship, learning and aspiration in the wider Community.

In 2017 the Church was awarded up to £200,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund towards urgent repairs to the Church roof and it’s guttering. The project to be completed in 2018 also includes the restoration of First and Second World War memorials in the Church and a community engagement project around the commemoration of the end of the First World War in November 2018.

 What Next?

 The Building still requires considerable modernisation and repair inside in order for it to have a sustainable future. The Next step of the project will focus on ensuring that the building not only meets the needs of a growing congregation but it has the capacity to reach out to the Community throughout the year. We are also keenly aware of the Church’s potential as a venue that could bring much needed revenue to help maintain its costs. There is a still however a big hill to climb in order to raise the costs, and the congregation of St Michael’s alone are unlikely to raise the funding themselves without outside funding and support.

 

Our aim is for:

  • A flexible and adaptable main space within the Church that can be used as both a worship area and an events space.
  • A kitchen and seating area around the front of the Church that can be used as a cafe and youth facility.
  • Robust flooring that can be used for multiple functions: Youth events, music gigs, pop up events and conferences.
  • Use of the Sanctuary as a permanent quiet area for worship and visitors.
  • Office and communal area for the MINE Youth team as a base for our Children’s and Youthwork.
  • The enhancement of some of the Church’s original features and areas within the Church that promote the heritage of the building and the Byker area.

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