Can you support our recovery from the impact of Covid-19 on our ministries?
We are Centre Ministries but you won’t know us as that; you will know us as Castlewellan Castle, or The Quinta, or Cloverley Hall. You will know us as places of tranquil rest (or exuberant activity!) surrounded by the beauty of creation.
Maybe this was where you feasted on sumptuous desserts and fed on the Word of God?
Perhaps you met your friends? Your spouse? Your Saviour?
The first place you gave your testimony; or led someone to the Lord?
Where God called you back…or called you on?
Where you just stopped…and listened?
Whatever your memory, we hope you found space to grow and heard God speak into your life.
The impact of closure
Sadly, our centres have been closed to normal activities since March. There are some green shoots ahead with the progress on vaccines. However, it is a very mixed picture for Christian Residential Centres like ours: Whilst the sector is allowed to reopen, it is impossible to deliver our ministry on the scale that is necessary to make the centres viable. As Government support is gradually withdrawn, the restoration of our income is painfully slow.
We have been working hard to be innovative and seek other opportunities to make use of our sites and our staff, while still engaging in ministry. We enabled churches to make use of our centres as family holiday ‘bubbles’ during the summer, whether through caravan capacity, small unit self-catering, or family group holidays. We still have small groups hoping to come early next year, and we trust that will grow as confidence returns to society.
However, despite all these innovations and the much appreciated Government assistance, our income across the three centres was reduced by over £1 million this year in the 9 months to December. Our ministry has always been funded through the revenue generated by our conferencing facilities, and we are grateful that it has been possible to maintain a model of modest viability without seeking financial donations from the Christian public. Despite the Trustees’ actions in retaining appropriate reserves in the charity, these are not adequate to meet such an extended period of limited trading, and so we now face a very difficult financial situation.
How can you help?
We understand that everyone’s situation is different, so we simply present our need to you so that you can prayerfully consider how to help.
We need people to give – themselves; and to pass on news of the need to others. Click below for details: