One of Longridge’s central churches has celebrated its 25th anniversary with members welcoming a special guest preacher and enjoying a church family lunch.
Christ Church on Berry Lane was also celebrating the continuing work and witness as a joint church.
It now combines Longridge Methodist and the United Reformed Church congregations. The Methodist Church – now the shop Boheme – dates from 1884 and the United Reformed Church from 1865.
Minister for the latter, John Ellis, was the special preacher who led morning worship. He is keenly interested in how the URC expresses its ecumenical commitment.
Originally from Devon, Mr Ellis is at present serving as the URC Lay Moderator of the General Assembly, his dates being from 2013 to 2016.
An Assembly Accredited Lay Preacher, he has served in many church roles including secretary, treasurer and organist.
He has led the URC in a rural Local Ecumenical Partnership and helped to plant an ecumenical church in a new housing development.
Complementing his URC commitments, he has also held positions of responsibility in Baptist, Methodist and Anglican contexts.
The celebratory service was followed by the family lunch, a time of enjoyment and socialising for all those attending.
And later the special occasion continued with Evening Praise led by the Rev Elizabeth Hodgkiss from Christ Church.
The Rev Hodgkiss is a retired Methodist minister in fellowship at Christ Church, and she is also the chaplain to Longridge Community Hospital.
Christ Church members now look forward to September 28 and the eighth in the series of the popular ‘Music in the Afternoon. Featured will be Continental Brass, a newd quartet based in Preston and directed by Matt Balson.