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Historic Act of Christian Hope

Stage and Leaders

Monday 20th August 2012

The Ecumenical Service is a highlight of the Guild and it will take place on Sunday 2 September at 3pm at Avenham Park, Preston, PR1 3TD.


Every 20 years the City of Preston hosts the only Merchant Guild celebration in the country in a week-long series of large scale events dating back 800 years. The Ecumenical Service is a highlight of the Guild and it will take place on Sunday 2 September at 3pm at Avenham Park, Preston, PR1 3TD.

National Leaders of the seven largest Christian Churches in the United Kingdom will come together to speak at the service presented by Aled Jones and featuring the Leyland Band. It is expected that 3500 people will gather in a giant big top tent in Avenham Park in Preston to listen to a specially commissioned production of music, and to watch the dance and drama presentations. 

The seven national denominational leaders attending and speaking at the Guild service include: The Most Revd. and Rt. Hon Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York (the Church of England); The Most Revd. Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster (Roman Catholic Church), Generals Andre and Sylvia Cox (The Salvation Army), The Revd. Ernie Whalley (The Baptist Union); The Revd. Leo Osbourne (The Methodist Church); The Revd. Steve Clifford (Evangelical Alliance); and The Reverend Laurence Moore (United Reformed Church). The service will also include groups of children from across the denominations who will present their ideas and vision of working together for the common good.

Father Andrew Teather, Director of the Ecumenical Service, said: “I am delighted with the fantastic response we have received. It really is a service for everyone to enjoy with lots of great music and drama.  It’s great that we can come together to celebrate God and His work in our lives, both in Preston and in the wider world”.

The service at Avenham Park, Preston begins at 3pm.  All are welcome.


For more information about The Preston Guild Ecumenical Service, please contact  Father Andrew Teather at tel. 01772 200489

 

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