Six new projects aimed at doing church different went up against each other recently in The Bishop’s Den.  In the style of the BBC show, Dragon’s Den, Bishop Tim chaired a panel of judges at Truro College.

The final six groups had been shortlisted from over 40 who entered the competition  to win cash from money raised from the sale of church land.

The projects were drawn from across the county including Penzance and Callington and had to show how they would use the prize money to attract people to their church.

The shortlisted groups were:

  • SHEDS of Hope, St Columb Minor. Building sheds to bring together the community in gardening projects.
  • Fusion Bus Project, The Lizard. Fusion hoped to purchase a bus to reach more isolate communities on the Lizard and take church out to them.
  • Community Shop,  South Petherwin. The project hoped to set up a shop in the church.
  • Pioneer Youth, Truro. Establishing youth groups based around specific interests such as sport.
  • eWaves, Penlee Cluster of churches. Using technology, including mobile phone and tablet apps, to attract people in West Cornwall.
  • Kick Start 4 Youth, Callington. Kick Start wanted to fund a youth worker in Callington.

The event was hosted by Alan Dedicoat whose voice can regularly be heard on BBC Television and Radion, including being the voice of the National Lottery. The panel included Bishop Tim, Daphne Skinnard from BBC Radion Cornwall, the Dean of Exeter Jonathan  Draper, Volunteer Cornwall Chief Executive Ian Jones and Catherine Mead, Director of Lynher Dairies.

After much discussion, the panel agreed to fund up to £100,000 each to the  South Petherwin Community Shop and eWaves and work with them to develop the projects.

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