St Germain’s church in Edgbaston has received a funding boost in time for Christmas in the shape of a £10,000 National Churches Trust Community Grant to help fund a servery at the back of the church.

It is the first phase of a project making it easier for the church to host community events.  When completed, the project will provide a new kitchen, toilets and improved access.

The church is one of 93 churches and chapels in England, Wales and Scotland that are set to benefit from rescue funding of £680,230 from the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church support charity.

Huw Edwards, Broadcaster and Journalist and Vice-President of the National Churches Trust said “At the heart of communities in cities, towns and villages, churches are a treasure trove of architecture, history and faith.”

“I’m delighted that St Germain’s church, Edgbaston, will remain at the centre of the local community with the help of a £10,000 National Churches Trust Community Grant.”

“This will help ensure the future of this historic church, a wonderful example of early twentieth century architecture.”

The Project
The National Churches Trust’s £10,000 Community Grant will help to fund a project to install a fully accessible servery and kitchen in the church, including storage space, installing drains, and a water supply.

The catering facilities are vital for St Germain’s role at the centre of the community. The church is used weekly as a ‘Place of Welcome’ for people of all faiths and none; other uses include art exhibitions, theatre, and concerts. The church has a dedicated Social Team who organise outreach events for the local community.

The Church
The current church building replaced an iron church from the 1890s. It was built, unusually, during the First World War, and consecrated in 1917. It was designed by Birmingham architect Edwin Francis Reynolds, and is considered to be the church which made his reputation.

It is a good example of the Early Christian/Byzantine style, largely unaltered. Materials include Hollington stone, Westmorland slate, Shap granite, and Swedish green marble. The wooden roof beams are painted with Arts and Crafts motifs. Many donations were given in memory of those fallen in the First World War, funding various fixtures and fittings.

A representative from St Germain’s church said: “As a church we are very encouraged to receive this grant, enabling us to extend our welcome and facilitate greater hospitality to the local community, in particular at our weekly 'Place of Welcome'.”

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