PRAYER FOR THE COMMUNITY

Every year we vist half the homes in Locking Stumps, to ask the residents if there is any person or situation they would like us to say a prayer for at the following Sunday service. We get a lot of great feedback about this Our visits run between April and September, when the evenings are lighter, we post a letter to each house a few days before we visit to let them know we will be coming and to assure that we are not seeking donations or money of any kind. If you recieve a letter and don’t want prayer, please simply let us know when we knock and we will move on to the next house. If you would like prayer at any other time, or if you prayer request is more urgent, please Contact Us.  

Messy Church

Messy Church is about having time together to have fun, explore faith, worship God and share some food. Everyone is welcome at Messy Church (especially you and your family and friends). We strive to involve everyone and value everyone. It is called Messy Church because  we all lead messy lives (and you might get a bit Messy)!  People arrive and have a choice of craft and activities which feed into the theme which is followed by food and the celebration the celebration. Messy Church is especially designed to reach out to families including those for whom Sunday morning worship is difficult due to family circumstances. It is an all-age church where everyone is valued equally. It provides an informal environment for all-ages to explore and experience faith and worship through crafts, food and celebration. It describes each and every one of us as no one is perfect and each of us lead messy lives for many reasons. It invites us to come together, making things together, eating together and celebrating God together. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Come along and try it for yourself; you will be most welcome!  

Our History

In 1972 most of the Congregational Churches and all of the Presbyterian churches in England UNITED to form the URC.  In 1981 most of the churches of Christ joined.  The URC aims to be the catalyst for greater union. We trace our roots to the REFORMATION in Europe in the 16th century when Christians tried to get ‘back to basics’ in the faith.  The URC is part of the world wide REFORMED Church. We are one of the mainstream Christian CHURCHES sharing the same faith as the other Christians in following Jesus Christ, but our worship and organisation maybe different. This church tends to have a more informal evangelical worship.  Our organisation is democratic recognising the reality of the priesthood of all believers. Here is some history: Christianity spread after the Holy Spirit was poured out at Pentecost.  It eventually came to Britain through missionaries.  The Medieval church grew strong, but tended to loose sight of the true faith. From 1548 there were secret meetings worshipping with the intense belief in the Bible as the living Word of God and the only authority for the church. Various independent Puritan groups were formed and their history is intermingled with the great events of the time.  Oliver Cromwell was an independent; the settlers on the Mayflower who went to America were Puritans. The non-conformists were a diverse group who kept few records, as they were illegal.  In the 16th century the Reformation greatly affected religious life and was fundamental to the origins of this church.The reformers reacted against the church of the time and wanted to start again, to re – form more closely to what they felt Christ would have wanted. 1662 was a decisive date, as a law was passed which many didn’t feel able to abide by. It was the ‘act of uniformity’ which called upon every clergyman and schoolmaster to conform to the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England.  Those who would not were non-conformists. In that year, the Act of Uniformity was passed; insisting that all clergy gave assent to and conformed to the (Anglican) Prayer Book. Amongst those ministers who found that they could not do this was a certain Fellow at Oxford called Thomas Risley, a man of deep conviction who joined the ranks of ‘the nonconformists’. He therefore had to leave his living and return to his estate in the country. For a while, all ‘Dissenters’ or ‘Non-conformists’ were persecuted and forbidden to preach. But a small group met in secret, often in the fields around Risley. Thomas devoted himself to visiting the sick, and ‘applied himself to the study of physic’ (medicine) – this practical, pastoral care becoming the basis of relationships that led to an ever-growing congregation. As Toleration increased, Richard Jackson’s barn was licensed, in Thomas Risley’s name as a ‘Chappell’ for the ‘dissenting interest’. Then in 1706 a permanent chapel was built on Cross lane – five miles from Warrington and five miles from Leigh (according the ruling of ‘The five mile act’).  This long,…

Songs

This page contains links to some of our favorite worship songs. What’s your favorite? why not add a comment below? In our 2011 Songs of Praise service, In Christ alone was voted our favorite worship song, listen here:- The full top 10 was (click on the link to hear them):- 1 1346 In Christ Alone 2 5850 You are Holy 3 0040 Be still for the Presence of the Lord 4 0042 Be Thou My vision 5 0425 O Lord My God 6 1757 Everyone Needs Compassion 7 1419 Light of the World 8 0935 My Jesus, My Saviour 9 1030 The Lord’s My Shepherd 10= 5630 Shine (we do better actions  ) 10= 1113 When the Music Fades 10= 2065 The Splendour of the King

Tommy’s Tots

Tots meets every week in term time for parents and carers of children under five. We are very busy making crafts, playing together, singing and eating snacks. Come and join us! What happens at Tots …….. We have toys and games and lots of fun activities, such as…… icing biscuits, making flowers, the Fire Service have visited us, we’ve always got the play doh ready and musical instruments. Everyone welcome.

Messy Church

Messy Church is about having time together to have fun, explore faith, worship God and share some food. Everyone is welcome at Messy Church (especially you and your family and friends). We strive to involve everyone and value everyone. It is called Messy Church because  we all lead messy lives (and you might get a bit Messy)!  People arrive and have a choice of craft and activities which feed into the theme which is followed by food and the celebration the celebration. Messy Church is especially designed to reach out to families including those for whom Sunday morning worship is difficult due to family circumstances. It is an all-age church where everyone is valued equally. It provides an informal environment for all-ages to explore and experience faith and worship through crafts, food and celebration. It describes each and every one of us as no one is perfect and each of us lead messy lives for many reasons. It invites us to come together, making things together, eating together and celebrating God together. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Come along and try it for yourself; you will be most welcome!  

TReats Coffee Shop

  Treats is our coffee shop, popular with locals as well as church regulars. Come along for a drink and snack or light breakfast. There’s always someone to talk to if you want a chat and prayer is always available but there’s no pressure, you are very welcome to come along and just enjoy the coffee and toast. We are open on a Thursday morning from 8:45am to 11:30am