Knowle Green Congregational Church awarded for 'Biker Breakfast'

19 May 2011

A pioneering church-run breakfast for bikers project has today been recognised for its efforts to bring together members of a local community. Knowle Green Congregational Church has won a prestigious Congregational Community Award for its ‘Biker Breakfast’, the UK’s only such event, which is held once a month in the Lancashire village.

The event, which sees the church provide a free breakfast to members of the biker community, has been so successful since its launch three years ago that guest numbers have risen from six to an average of 60.

Such is the popularity of the event that motorcyclists visit from across the North of England, with many paying testament to the non-threatening Christian environment, where members of the biker community can receive prayer and spiritual support as and when they request it.

Whilst project costs are met solely by voluntary donations, the Biker Breakfast has remained in profit and has even made donations to support the local church. Leader of the Knowle Green Congregational Church, Pastor Chris Okpoti, was on hand to receive the award at the 40th Assembly of the Congregational Federation in Edgbaston.

The £3,000 prize money which accompanies the award will be used to purchase more tables, a presentation stand and a marquee so the project can continue to grow from strength to strength.

Pastor Chris Okpoti of Knowle Green Congregational Church, said: “We are delighted to receive this award for our Biker Breakfast and would like to thank Congregational Insurance and the Congregational Federation for recognising the impact this project has had on not only the biker community, but also our own church community too.

“The Biker Breakfast brings together members of diverse communities and offers a place of support and help for those in need. It has also proved the catalyst for our congregation to see the impact it can have when the members draw together. The award is also an incentive and an encouragement to the Church, the Biking fraternity and the wider community"

Margaret Slater, Marketing Manager from Congregational Insurance said: “We are thrilled that the Biker Breakfast has won an award this year. It is a fantastic project that reaches out to bring different elements of the community together in a unique way.

“When visiting the project we were struck by how the non-threatening yet openly Christian environment provided a place of help and support for those in need. The growth of the project and its financial sustainability was also impressive.

“We are pleased to support this project with our award and a gift which will serve to continue the good work of the project.”

The Congregational Federation Community Awards seek to recognise local schemes that make a positive impact in their community. The awards are sponsored by Congregational & General Insurance which has run a community award scheme for the past fourteen years.