£1m boost for new staff to support work in parishes

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Christianity in Sheffield has been given a boost – with a £1 million cash injection.

The Diocese of Sheffield has secured the Church Commissioners and Archbishop’s Council’s strategic development fund cash which aims to improve its finances and provide between 12 and 15 workers to develop its parishes.

The mission partnership development workers will each be employed in deprived areas around four parishes.

Malcolm Fair, diocesan secretary, said: “We are grateful for the support for this exciting initiative to support mission partnerships across the diocese.”

The first workers will be appointed by March 2015 with more six months later.

It is hoped each post will be sustainable after six years.