The cathedral is situated within The Coptic Orthodox Church Centre which serves as a hub of activity that is geared towards general, family and youth ministry, while also serving an active role within the local community; this is all referred to as ‘The Cornerstone.’

With the grace of God and the blessings of His Holiness, the late Pope Shenouda III, we embarked upon an exciting and challenging project named The Cornerstone.

Although the Coptic Orthodox Church is an ancient Church, it is very much a living Church, by which it has always provided for her children. This Centre has been designed for everyone, to serve each and every individual to allow the contribution of their God-given talents to make this project a continuing success.

One of the areas of greatest concern in pastoral ministry in this day and age is that of youth, being the foundation of tomorrow’s Church. Arising from this realisation is the need to provide the greatest variety and diversity of pastoral, social and individual activities and services, hence the necessity for more appropriate and specialised facilities with which to serve. The children of today will be the church of tomorrow.

The Centre offers a wide variety of facilities which compliment those that are already available within the existing manor house:

  • An annexed large multi-purpose hall as part of the Cathedral building can be used for conferences, meetings, stage productions, and sporting activities including use as an indoor basketball court or a five-a-side football field.
  • Adjoining the multi-purpose hall are large games and activities rooms which are used for smaller activities such as table tennis, snooker, pool, ‘table football’ and other appropriate arcade and table games, satisfying the youth work component of ministry. We also have a studio that is used for recording music and short video productions.
  • Conference rooms are available which can either be merged into a large room or partitioned into smaller areas to serve smaller meetings, conferences, discussion groups, Bible studies and such gatherings.