Public shows support for church vision

Bishop Julian Henderson
Bishop Julian Henderson
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Prayer evenings to mark the launch of a new strategy outlining the future of the Church of England in Lancashire have been well attended so far.

St Paul’s Church in Marton, Blackpool, was the latest venue to host an event in support of Vision 2026: Healthy Churches Transforming Communities, when worshippers met last night.

Diocesan Bishop Right Reverend Julian Henderson said: “We have developed a vision that is confident about our future as God’s people in Lancashire and invites us to make disciples, be witnesses and grow leaders for Jesus Christ.

“Prayer should always be central to our Christian life, but these special evenings are important events at which people can engage with the purpose of the vision, pray for its success and share in fellowship together.”

He added: “We are praying that we will see real growth in the region over the next 10 years, with a deep renewal of our life in the existing church and then with new church congregations,”

The next major event for Vision 2026 takes place on May 10 nest year when there will be a gathering of 2,000 church members at the Guild Hall in Preston.

Parishes from across Lancashire, including the Fylde coast, will share their plans for future Vision activities at a local level during the evening.