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Pulpits swapped in show of unity

23 January 2015

NEWTHORPE BAPTIST CHURCH

"God was in the house": the Revd Anna Alls preached at Newthorpe Baptist church, on Sunday 

"God was in the house": the Revd Anna Alls preached at Newthorpe Baptist church, on Sunday 

MINISTERS from eight churches of differing denominations have been swapping pulpits with each other to mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The ministers of the Nottingham suburbs of Eastwood, Greasley, Newthorpe, and Brinsley delivered sermons in a series of services in the churches of their neighbours.

Among them was an assistant curate at St Mary's, Eastwood, the Revd Anna Alls, who preached at Newthorpe Baptist Church on Sunday morning; and the deacon at the RC Our Lady of Good Counsel, Eastwood, the Revd Stephen Doona, who preached at St Mary's. Later the same day, the Priest-in-Charge at St Mary's, the Revd David Stevenson, spoke at the United Reformed Church, Eastwood.

Mrs Alls had been given her text to preach on - John 1.43-51 (Jesus calls Philip and Nathanael) - and was asked to speak for 20 minutes, "which was fine, as that's what I do in my church, too," she said. "It was just one of those amazing services where everything flowed.

"It was absolutely beautiful. The theme was present all the way through; the music was perfect; the prayers were perfect.

"Goodness me, God was in the house. It was a really, really good experience for me. I'd love to do it again."

The other churches involved were: St Mary's, Greasley; Brinsley Community Church; Percy Street Baptist, and Eastwood and Newthorpe Baptists.

"We are all quite similar churches," Mrs Alls said. "We are all - even the Catholics - reasonably Charismatic, generally Evangelical. There is no great difference in theology. . . We want to be 'The Church in Eastwood and district', because we have more in common than separates us."

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