‘St John the Baptist RC Church, a Grade l l* Byzantine-style masterpiece, stands at the gateway to Rochdale’s Heritage Action Zone and is currently on the Heritage at Risk Register due to water-ingress. The essential renovation will ensure the iconic dome and magnificent mosaics are protected and can be celebrated by new and diverse audiences.
St John’s is a working church in a multi-cultural community that has always been a place of congregation but now is opening its doors with a new and more inclusive welcome offer. Following extensive consultation there will be a variety of activities on offer including mosaic masterclasses, oral histories, a nature project and guided tours, whilst an interactive website and social media will showcase St John’s heritage. Digital learning by the parish project team has enhanced the team’s ambition to engage with a wide audience.
The future of the church as a heritage site will be secured through our established project plan, our diverse Board and Salford Diocese which has provided professional support and finance. Working with Key Partners and stakeholders has ensured that there is a strategic fit for St John’s within Rochdale and Greater Manchester.’