Places of Welcome - Each Thursday 2 to 4.p.m.


St.Mary’s Church on Liverpool Road, Great Sankey is throwing its doors open 

to all those in its local community through its participation in the nationwide Places of Welcome scheme. 

Places of Welcome is a network of small community organisations, including 

faith communities, who offer an unconditional welcome to local people. The 

primary aim of the Places of Welcome network is that Every neighbourhood 

has places where all people feel safe to belong, connect and contribute.”

While Places of Welcome began in Birmingham, it is now developing further 

afield, as people respond to the challenge to make our cities and 

neighbourhoods more welcoming.

The network has developed a set of guiding principles, key elements of a 

Place of Welcome which are known as the 5P's:

Place:  An accessible and hospitable building, open at the same time every 


People:  Open to everyone regardless of their circumstances or situation, and 

staffed by volunteers.

Presence:  A place where people actively listen to one another.

Provision:  Offering free refreshments (at least a cup of tea and a biscuit) and 

basic local information.

Participation: Recognises that every person coming to a Place of Welcome 

will bring talents, experiences and skills that they might be willing to share locally.

The Places of Welcome initiative will begin at St.Mary’s on Wednesday 1st 

March between 11 am – 1 p.m.  Now Thursday 2 - 4.p.m.

Speaking of the initiative, the Pioneer Team Rector for West Warrington Church,

Rev. Jeremy Tear said: “I am delighted that St.Mary’s is supporting this 

initiative to welcome those in our community into our church. I am particularly 

grateful to Warrington Borough Council for awarding us a local Area Grant 

Fund to support this project. I hope that this will prove to be a great blessing to those in our community who would value the opportunity to have a regular place to meet and perhaps share their gifts and skills with the community.”

For further details, please contact Jeremy on (01925) 485288.

Supported by Neighbourhoods in Warrington