Brothers under the mitre

02 November 2006

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”.

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