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 have had excellent attendances at our Lent lunches, taking place on the first five Wednesdays in Lent. Each church in turn, hosts a simple lunch and these are a wonderful way to share food and friendship. Last year we raised £956 in donations.
We have four Services together each year, one for the Week of Christian Unity, a morning Open-air Service on Good Friday to involve the local community, followed by an indoor Good Friday Church Service, and we have an Advent Service. Each church hosts one of the services in turn but all five churches participate.
Each year we raise money for a Christian charity. In the last year we raised £1702.30 for a young local family working as missionaries in South Sudan. Unfortunately, their work was cut short when Anna was diagnosed with cancer and had to be rushed home for treatment. We were so sad to hear that she died leaving her five year old daughter Phoebe without a mummy. Our money is helping to keep the family going through this difficult time. The money is raised from our Lent Lunches, a Table-top Sale and collections at our Services.
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.
Christian Discipleship is all about working together, help us to stand and work together in our community. This is what Churches Together is all about.
Blessings to you all.
From the annual report, by Joan Baldwin, Fairhaven URC representative and Chair of the Churches Together Group.
Together with Fairhaven URC, the churches involved are: