Within the grounds of New Parks, Methodist Church has emerged a Menshed. What is a Menshed?
"a place to pursue practical interests at leisure, to practice skills and enjoy making and mending. The difference is that garden sheds and their activities are often solitary in nature while Men's Sheds are the opposite. They're about social connections and friendship building, sharing skills and knowledge, and of course a lot of laughter." (mensshed.org.uk)
At a glance, New Parks-For men, life expectancy is 3.8 years lower than the Leicester average (75.4 years) and 7 years lower than the England average (78.6 years.) In addition, Suicide rates in men have increased significantly over the past few years.
With that contextin mind, the Mission Enabler of Leiester West applied for amissional start-up grant to help begin a new menshedgroup. With some help from the Police Commissioner, an offer of a free largeshed and several volunteers, the shed was made possible.
The Methodist Church Menshed is more than just a physical space; it is a testament to the vision of the New Parks Methodist Church community. Conceived as a response to the need for a place where men could come together, share skills, and forge lasting friendships, Menshed, is a place for outreach and faith sharing.
As the Menshed continues to grow in its infancy, its exciting to see the impact it will have in the years to come.
To benefit from a missional start up grant, why not visit this page.