Press Release

Mount Zion Apostolic Church in Nottingham Receives £2 Million in Heritage Fund Support

Mount Zion Apostolic is awarded a project work cost grant of £2,838,750 by The National Lottery Heritage Fund to restore the Mount Zion Apostolic Church in Nottingham.

The Mount Zion Apostolic Church has received a grant of £2,838,767 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for an exciting project, Picturing the Past, Conserving and Celebrating our Heritage, which will restore a much loved building in the Radford area of Nottingham, made possible by money raised by National Lottery players.

Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will enable local young people to engage with a Mind in Motion Programme through a wellness programme in sports and physical activity to increase self-esteem, build confidence, make healthy lifestyle choices, provide mental health care, and develop support network including providing opportunity for volunteers. We will work with the local universities, colleges, schools, businesses, and council.

Mount Zion Apostolic Church remains committed to serving the wider community whom we consider of upmost importance. Besides serving the spiritual needs of the Community and our members through the regular church services, we also run a successful food bank, which is the largest in Nottingham. Mount Zion’s iconic, Grade 2 listed building also serves as an immense source of pride, and is often used for social events, concerts, and funerals, not to mention knife amnesties, for which we are also the most frequently used drop-off location citywide.

Picturing the Past, Conserving and Celebrating our Heritage’ will support this vision by:

  • Strengthening the church community, building skills, capacity, and membership, to better support and deliver project activities and core activities in the future that benefit the wider community.
  • Sharing what Mount Zion does with the community and re-establishing itself as a hub and safe space for a wide range of people during these increasingly difficult times.
  • Celebrating and sharing the history of the church, the church community, and diverse communities in Nottingham.

Target Audience

The elderly:  Mount Zion Apostolic Church engaged with older adults through its outreach work, pastoral care, and onsite activities such as dinners for the elderly, and are particularly interested in reaching those who are at risk of social isolation or affected by dementia.

Children and Young People: Before our building closed, we ran a Children’s Ministry and a Youth Group. Through ‘Picturing the Past’, we would like to re-engage these groups, using heritage to inspire, engage and support children and young people in new and innovative ways.

Prison and Hospices Ministry: As part of our pastoral care, we would like to continue to do this in the future.

Commenting on the award, on behalf of Mount Zion Apostolic Church, Pastor Trevor Anderson said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players and are confident the project will support the community. We are in a prime location that enable us to best support the local and wider community.”

“The Mount Zion Apostolic Church has been displaced from it’s building for several years and are excited to get back to where we can continue to serve the community as we did before.”

Robyn Llewellyn, Area Director, Midlands & East at The National Lottery Heritage Fund said: “We are really excited to support Mount Zion Apostolic Church and the restoration of this important community building.

It’s thanks to National Lottery players that communities can work to preserve the heritage that matters to them.”

Notes to editors

About Mount Zion Apostolic Church

The Grade II listed Art Deco style building was designed by Reginal W.G. Cooper and officially opened in 1936.

The building was acquired by the current owners Mount Zion Apostolic Church, occupying a prominent place in the surrounding community, meeting the diverse social and spiritual needs of surrounding residents.

Over the years, the building has suffered considerable harm owing to general wear and tear on its infrastructure.

While the owners have worked very hard to maintain and upkeep the building and its activities during the church’s 25 years tenure, the current state of the building now requires extensive and essential repair/refurbishment work to expand and preserve the building for future generations.

The building is currently included on the “Heritage at Risk Register”, something we hope to amend with this project.

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

As the largest dedicated funder of the UK’s heritage, The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s vision is for heritage to be valued, cared for and sustained for everyone, now and in the future as set out in our strategic plan, Heritage 2033.

Over the next ten years, the Heritage Fund aims to invest £3.6billion raised for good causes by National Lottery players to bring about benefits for people, places, and the natural environment.

The Heritage Fund helps protect, transform, and share the things from the past that people care about, from popular museums and historic places, our natural environment and fragile species, to the languages and cultural traditions that celebrate who we are.

The Heritage Fund is passionate about heritage and committed to driving innovation and collaboration to make a positive difference to people’s lives today, while leaving a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy.

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Further information

For further information, images and interviews please contact Lorna Frederick at Mount Zion Apostolic Church.

Phone: 0115 9787776

Mobile: 07971291305

Email address: mtzionapostolicchurch@outlook.com

Website: www.mountzionapostolicchurch.co.uk