Annual church unity service is a success
Approximately 70 people gathered at Our Lady and St. Charles Church in Wisbech to mark the annual Church Unity Octave.
All of the town’s congregations were represented. The Service was led by members of the host congregation, the sermon was delivered by Canon Matthew Bradbury, Vicar of Wisbech St. Mary and Anglican Rural Dean.
The hymn singing was led by the Choir of St. Augustines Parish church under the leadership of their director James Trundle.
In his forthright sermon Canon Bradbury challenged us to face the divisions within and between our churches with honesty and courage, reflecting that the Anglican Church had found renewed hope in trying to resolve its own internal disagreements.
He proposed that Christians find their differences become irrelevant when they respond fully to Jesus’ call to serve the poor and the needy.
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He went on to say that while the failure of certain churches to allow the sharing of the Eucharist was a source of great pain the fact that the local churches were in the forefront of leading efforts to feed the hungry of the world was a powerful sign of unity and encouragement.
This includes local efforts, notably the Wisbech Food Bank and also the work with the poor of the world through Christian Aid, Cafod and other Aid Agencies.
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As a practical gesture a collection was taken up for the displaced children of Syria which amounted to £120. This was received by Keith Aplin, Chair of Churches Together.
Keith reminded the congregation of the recent effort to assist the victims of the Philippines disaster and how he had learned that the £1,100 gathered locally was being used to help these poor people rebuild their lives.