COTE Community Shop
What does COTE stand for? Churches on the Edge, which in turn took its name from the road which two of the churches are based on, Edge Lane, and the area in which all the churches minister. The COTE Community Shop is an ecumenical venture between Edge Lane Methodist Church, St. Andrew's Church of England and St.Matthew's URC and was set up as a charity shop to raise funds for a new church building for the three churches mentioned.
The shop sells clothes, books, jewellery, household items, some furniture and much more. However, it has grown into much more than a charity shop and had developed its own ministry to the people who call in, sometimes in need of a chat to a friendly volunteer. The volunteers, of which there are about 60 who run the shop on a well organised rota basis, were originally drawn from these churches, but now it attracts helpers from further afield, such as Lees Street Congregational Church.
The shop was originally based on Edge Lane but outgrew this space and is now located in bigger accommodation on Manor Road, just around the corner from the junction of Edge Lane and Manchester Road in Droylsden, in the Manchester Circuit.
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