MUTUAL CONGRATULATIONS all round. The Anglican and Roman Catholic
congregations of the shared Church of St Martin and St Hilda, Poulton-le-Fylde,
Blackburn diocese, have just built a church hall. Both
Bishops, the RC Bishop of Lancaster, the Rt Revd Patrick O’Donoghue (left), and
the Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Revd Nicholas Reade (right), came to bless it.
The hall had a joint development committee, now has a joint management
committee, and the joint social committee provided a “splendid buffet” for the
occasion. This happy state of affairs came about when the Anglicans, a daughter
congregation of St Chad’s, needed a new church, and the Roman Catholics across
the road, who were having difficulty in maintaining their building, invited
them to share.
The two congregations keep to their own service times on Sundays, but live
their social lives together. Everyone worked hard to raise the £90,000 needed
for the new hall. At its dedication, the two congregations “renewed their
commitment to work together in Christ’s name”.