The White Church hosted a visit by refugees and asylum-seekers on Monday 23rd July, when a group journeyed from Darwen, in very distinctive transport, for a day out at the seaside.
The visit had been arranged by Darwen Asylum-seekers and Refugee Enterprise (DARE), who operate a drop-in centre at the Central United Reformed Church, Darwen. Every Wednesday night refugees and asylum-seekers from various countries go there to find fellowship and support, such as help with learning English and finding employment.
The group arrived at the White Church in a classic double-decker bus and were served refreshments in the Dawson Hall. The group then headed off to the beach for some relaxation and fun, including a Punch & Judy show. Later in the afternoon, the visitors were served tea and cakes in the Dawson Hall before departing at 4.30pm.
White Church members rallied to host this wonderful day, in co-operation with DARE, and joined by people from St Annes URC. Amnesty International also supported the event, with members attending and giving ice cream for the children