A report by Joan Baldwin, Fairhaven URC representative and Chair of the Churches Together Group.
Representatives from the five churches, and the Ministers whenever possible, meet four times a year. Our aim is to work together as Christians for the benefit of the community.
We also raise money each year to support a Christian charity. Last year we raised £1,710.35 for Open Doors; this is an International Charity which is very active in the Middle East to help persecuted Christians. Activities to raise this money included our Lent lunches; each church provides a monastic lunch of soup and bread in a pleasant environment. This is an annual event and is looked forward to and enjoyed by many. All collections from our Service of Advent and our Service for the Week of Christian Unity went to to our charity and we also held a Table Top Sale during the week of Christian Unity, this was very successful with each church providing a table of goods for sale.
Our Open Air Service outside St Paul’s Charity Shop at Ansdell on Good Friday is growing in numbers each year, and then we do a Walk of Witness to St Joseph’s Church for a Stations of the Cross Service.
A welcome from Churches Together was given at the Induction Service of Revd. Paul Bye at St Paul’s Church in June 2016. Revd. Paul has attended evry one of our meetings since and our group really appreciate his input.
We supported the campaign to keep Ansdell Library open and we had a speaker to tell us about Christians Against Poverty in our area to see how we can help.
The Advent Service at Fairhaven methodist church involved a choir consisting of choir members from all our churches. This was something new introduced by Revd. Sylvester and was enjoyed by all.
We were invited to the Andsell Christmas Lights Switch On. A large group of the community came along and we all sang a carol and had prayers round the Christmas tree.
We are trying to ensure that all Christians in our area, whatever church or tradition, are all working together to have a positive effect on our environment. Please support us and help us to express our unity, we do need to stand together in this secular world; we need strength in numbers and commitment.
Together with Fairhaven URC, the churches involved are: