“Special offering” went to a whole new level at a church in York, thanks to a “miraculous” giver who donated nearly £6 million to St Michael le Belfrey Church.
Ministers at the Church are still screaming “Hallelujah” as they rejoice after an offering of £5.9 million was made by someone who wishes to remain anonymous.
The church has decided that the money will go to fund a significant repair and reordering project currently estimated between £5 million and £7 million.
Matthew Porter, the vicar of the Belfrey, said, “When I received the news, it is fair to say that I was astounded by the generosity of this gift and the phenomenal provision of God.”
He continued: “To know that we can go ahead with the building restoration, in the knowledge that most if not all of the funding is in place, is both a privilege and a responsibility.”
“It’s important that we create a space which will benefit many people and supports our vision. It’s wonderful to know that this releases us as a church to consider other priorities which require our finances.”
The building project includes substantial repairs to the fabric including stonework, stained glass and a new roof, alongside a significant reordering particularly to the interior, “to make it more flexible for the worship and mission of a 21st-century church.”
St Michael le Belfrey date back to 1525. It was here that Guy Fawkes was baptised. Today it is a resource church for York Diocese which means it will help train and develop new leaders, help revitalise old churches and plant new ones in York and further afield.