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Manor Church and Community Project (MCCP)

Registered Charity Number: 1163809

Who we are:

Founded in 2013, as a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), The Manor Church and Community Project is an exciting local church initiative and Local Ecumenical Partnership, supported by the Anglican, Methodist and United Reformed Churches.

Our Vision:

We exist to:

  1. promote social inclusion for the public benefit of Sheffield Manor residents by preventing people from becoming socially excluded, relieving the needs of those who are socially excluded and assisting them to integrate into society.
  2. provide or assist in the provision of facilities in the interest of social welfare for recreation or other leisure time occupation of individuals who have need of such facilities by reason of their youth, age, infirmity or disability, financial hardship or social circumstances with the object of improving their conditions of life.
  3. be a Christian presence within the Manor and Castle Ward.

Our Building:

We run the Temple Park Centre (incorporating the William Temple Church) through a lease from the Sheffield Manor Parish.

Our Partners:

We work with many local partners based on in the Manor and Castle Ward, including our primary partners: Manor After School Kids Klub (MASKK), Manor Community Childcare Centre (MCCC) and Manor and Castle Development Trust (MCDT).

Our Trustees:

Reverend Debora Marschner

Debora has been part of the project team since arriving in Sheffield in 2012. She is a Methodist minister who also works with three other congregations and their communities in the East of Sheffield.

Debora is passionate about working with people from all walks of life. She loves exploring questions of faith and doubt with others in various ways – by exploring biblical and other stories and what they might mean for us today, by crafting or cooking together, by sharing a conversation over a brew or by playing games together.

Debora studied theology in Berlin, Münster and Leeds and spent a year teaching English in the Diocese of Iringa, Tanzania. She was ordained in 2004 and has worked in churches in Spremberg, Germany and Leeds before coming to Sheffield.

Debora believes that God has a heart for all people and that all Christians are called to serve their local communities and to work alongside them to address and overcome issues of injustice and exclusion.

Derek Newman

Derek has followed a career in IT moving between different businesses in ICI, before becoming European IT Director based in Brussels. He then moved to Zeneca (now AstraZeneca) in London as Group Chief Information Officer (CIO). Following a period of independent consultancy working with European agrochemical and pharmaceutical companies, Derek was appointed CIO of Northern Foods based in Leeds. He also was a non-executive Director of NHS Direct, the national telephone and internet healthcare service, for 6 years before it was converted into the current regional NHS 111 service.

Since retiring, Derek has become involved in local community service initiatives including Croft House Settlement and the Manor Church and Community Project. He is a trustee representative of the Central United Reformed Church.

Claire Dalpra

Claire has worked for Church Army since 1999 as a fresh expressions of Church researcher, writer and editor. Her areas of research include fresh expressions for children and families, fresh expressions for adults with learning disabilities and the sustainability of spare-time led fresh expressions. Her current role includes training and review work for Church Army at the same time as national research undertaken by Church Army's Research Unit in partnership with the Commissioners of the Church of England.

Claire is a member of Sheffield Manor Parish and helps to lead their ministry among children and families. She lives on City Road with her husband and thirteen year old daughter.

Elaine Flaherty

Elaine is a retired primary school and hospital teacher. Elaine is an elder at Central United Reformed Church where she volunteers in the office and in the Norfolk Coffee lounge.  She represents the URC on the Management Board. She is married with 2 children and 2 grandchildren.

Elaine had family that lived on the Manor for many years.

Alison Jubb

Alison was born and raised in South Africa and moved to Sheffield as a young woman, where she qualified as a hairdresser.

For all her adult life Alison has lived in Sheffield with Manor being her main base. She has worked in casinos as a croupier and also on cruise liners, travelling to different parts of the world. Alison then became a care assistant, began a family and proceeded to study at Sheffield Hallam University as a mature student. Alison is now working as a Registered Nurse in the community, after working in Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

Alison is a patient representative for her General Practice, has shown her devotion for the Manor Parish by sharing the position as churchwarden and as well as being a trustee for the Manor Church and Community Project. She is passionate about the community working together and attends as many local events as possible.

Reverend Julie Upton

Julie trained at Ripon College, Cuddesdon to be a Deacon (women were only allowed to be ordained Deacon at that time) and was ordained as a Priest in 1994. Julie has served as Team Vicar in South London and in West Leeds, as well as serving in a Parish in Manningham in Bradford and in a team ministry of thirteen parishes in deepest Suffolk. She has also worked for a number of years in the Voluntary Sector; managing projects based in a community centre, working for Age Concern, and leading the development and national roll-out of a quality standard for organisations involving volunteers.

Julie is currently Team Rector of Sheffield Manor Parish. Julie sits on the governing body of two local schools and is a management committee member of several local organisations as well as co-chairing the S2 Foodbank. Throughout her ministry Julie has always been committed to working alongside the community and feels that the church should at all times recognise and fulfill its calling to engage with the community it serves and wherever possible work in partnership with that community.

Our Church Related Community Work Minister:

Simon Loveitt

Simon has been working with the Manor Church and Community Project since 2014, working in partnership with local people, groups and organisations to tackle the issues which affect the quality of people’s lives in the Sheffield S2 postcode.

Simon has been a URC Church Related Community Work Minister since 1989, working in Moss Side & Hulme (1989 - 1999), Middlesbrough (1999 - 2004), Bradford (2004 - 2014) and Sheffield (2014 - ). He grew up in inner city Aston in Birmingham, initially pursuing a career in the catering industry, before a period working as a youth and community worker.  He trained at St. Andrew’s Hall and Westhill College, Birmingham.

Simon is married with two children.  In his spare time, Simon is a member of a running club and enjoys walking.