Whitehaven Mission Community Launch

An afternoon tea for nearly one hundred people has marked the official launch of the new Whitehaven Mission Community.

The town’s Civic Hall was the venue for the gathering of congregation members to celebrate a coming together of St James’ Whitehaven, St Peter’s Kells, Hensingham Methodist Church, Whitehaven United Reformed Church, the town’s Salvation Army corps, Woodbank Community Church and the local Catholic congregation.

A welcome letter was presented from the leaders of all the partner denominations of the God for All vision and strategy in the county. The Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev’d James Newcome and the Rev’d Dave Harkison from Whitehaven URC, spoke about the creation of the new mission community. The Rev’d Robert Jackson, Priest-in-Charge of St James’ touched on the ecumenical work already ongoing.

The Whitehaven Mission Community is the latest to be launched in the county, as part of God for All and as we seek to provide an opportunity for every person in Cumbria to discover more of God and God’s purpose for their lives.

Each mission community is intentional in mission and outreach with the aim to create 35 across Cumbria by 2020.

Forthcoming events planned by the Whitehaven Mission Community include a town centre BBQ, and a combined Messy Church and Zumba gathering. The ecumenical group will now be working together on their Mission Action Plan ahead of a future commissioning service.

Please pray for all those newly launched Mission Communities and for those preparing to launch in the coming weeks and months