“Churches Together in Ansdell and Fairhaven are under the umbrella of Churches Together in Lancashire. The aim of our five churches is ‘To work together, for the benefit of the community and share our Christian Principles.’
We meet together every 3 months and have a Minister and a lay person from each church. We discuss key Church news and support each other as much as we can. Four Services are arranged each year, one for the Week of Christian Unity, an open-air Service on Good Friday (to involve the local community), followed by a Walk of Witness to an indoor Church Service, and an Advent Service. The Churches host Services in turn but each church participates.
Each year we raise money for a Christian Charity. In 2017 we raised £1436.43 for Christians Against Poverty (C.A.P.). We gave this for C.A.P.’s work in Blackpool and on the Fylde. The money is raised from our Lent Lunches, a Table-top Sale and collections from our Services.
Lent Lunches are held every Wednesday during Lent, each church preparing a lunch of soup and bread. These are very successful and a wonderful way to share food and friendship. We were even featured on Radio Lancashire in 2017, they visited and chatted to members of each church at St Joseph’s Church lunch, quite an honour. The programme was broadcast on Good Friday.
We are trying to ensure that all Christians in our area, whatever church or tradition, work together to have a positive effect on our environment.
Please support Churches Together and help us to be united, Christians need to stand and work together. We need strength in numbers so that we are a strong, united voice and influence in this secular world.”
Annual report, by Joan Baldwin, Fairhaven URC representative and Chair of the Churches Together Group.
Together with Fairhaven URC, the churches involved are: