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Barrow Mission Community launch sees churches committing to be ‘better together’

Senior regional church leaders visited Barrow to formally commission a new network of local churches who are committed to working together to serve and bless the town.

They were joined by nearly three hundred members of churches at a special service at the Salvation Army Citadel, Abbey Road, on Sunday afternoon, to show their support for the Barrow Mission Community.

The Barrow Mission Community exists to ‘know Jesus Christ better and make him better known’ and is made up of churches from four different denominations, the United Reformed Church; the Methodist Church; the Church of England; and the Salvation Army.

Mission Community networks are forming across Cumbria as the four denominations implement their regional God for All vision, which seeks to ensure every person in Cumbria has the opportunity to discover more of God’s purpose for their lives. Each local grouping will see churches working more collaboratively and developing new initiatives.

The celebration was led by the Rev Richard Teal, Chair of the Cumbria Methodist District, the Rev Sarah Moore, Cumbria Area President for the United Reformed Church, Major Roger Batt, Divisional Commander for the Salvation Army North-West, and the Rt Rev James Newcome, Bishop of Carlisle.

The event also included the authorisation of the Barrow Mission Community’s newly appointed leaders, the Rev Martin Cooper, minister of Abbey Road Baptist Church, and the Rev Robin Ham, minister at Grace Church Barrow, as they take over from Canon Gary Cregeen, who begins a new post in Penrith in June.

Bishop James said: "It was an amazing and strong celebration of churches coming together to commit themselves to discover more of God in their own life but also to help people in their community discover the reality of God and God's purpose for them.”

Martin Cooper added: “It’s a cliche, but we’re better together. Already there are various initiatives that have involved Christians getting together and rolling up their sleeves in our town: the Foodbank, Street Angels, Believe in Barrow, the Clothes Bank. And actually as we face various challenges as churches, we need each other and can do more together.”

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