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Moy church first to benefit from Faith Fund

Rev Aonghus Mayes, left, rector of St James’ Church of Ireland Moy, and Alan Moneypenny, chairman of Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT)
Mairead Holland

A CHURCH in Co Tyrone is to redevelop its parish hall as it becomes the first recipient of a new fund.

St James' Church of Ireland in Moy has received a loan of £250,000 from the Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT) towards the total £650,000 cost of its project.

The £2m Faith Fund will assist church groups and faith-based organisations across Northern Ireland with loans of £5,000 plus for purposes such as refurbishments, extensions, purchase of equipment and restructuring existing debt.

Rector Rev Aonghus Mayes said: “Our church hall has been in critical need of repair for a long time. The loan from UCIT has enabled the parish to create a modern fully accessible facility.

"This new hall will help us maintain and build on the valuable work carried out within the area."

Alan Moneypenny, chairman of UCIT, said: “The church is an essential lifeline for many in the community and offers many outreach projects such as a youth club, toddler groups and sporting activities.

"UCIT are delighted to assist the parish with the tasteful renovation of the 19th century building, together with the construction of a modern annexe, improving the overall facilities provided including a sports hall, catering facilities and installation a new heating system.”

He added that, as a registered charity, all profits generated by UCIT are retained and recycled for the benefit of its clients.

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