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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:

The Manor Church and Community Project (MCCP) has four key aims. Working closely with community services and local families it seeks:

  1. to establish play facilities and activity centres at the heart of the Manor community, creating an inclusive, welcoming and flexible environment in which to engage in new ways with the community, particularly with young families and the elderly.
  2. to create a sustainable hub of local community activity that addresses community need, including social isolation and social deprivation.
  3. to challenge inequality and injustice, through a community development approach and working in partnership with organisations and individuals.
  4. to 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 settled in Sheffield to be close to his children and grandchildren. He is 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 for funding partners and the wider church.

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 teenage daughter.

Philippa Dand

Philippa is the Children's Co-ordinator for the Sheffield Methodist Circuit, where her role is to support, equip and train churches, lay workers and volunteers in their children’s ministry. She has been in full-time children and families’ ministry since 2016, leading the children's ministry in a group of parishes in Sheffield and developing outreach with children and families in the local community. Prior to that she worked as a primary teacher and in church music. She is passionate about welcoming families into church and nurturing children’s faith.

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.

Heather Rotherham

After working in banking and bookkeeping for a company making cutlery canteens and cabinets, Heather has worked for the Methodist Circuit as an Administrator since 2007, where she mainly deals with the finances.

Heather is married to Paul and they had 3 sons. Their eldest died in 2011; the younger two live locally and between them have 3 children, so Heather is often on grandma duty which she loves.

Heather’s first connection to the Manor Estate was that her father was born on Narlowe Close, Manor in the 1930’s. Fast forward to the 1990’s when St Swithun’s Church opened, the Baptist Minister, Revd Sue Thompson, was a friend, so Heather used to go with her to deliver leaflets about services and activities at the church. Heather is passionate about social justice and fairness for all people in all communities and hopes she can put her skills to good use for MCCP.

Reverend Sibylle Batten

Deacon Annabel Terry

Michael Wilks