Poulton’s Christian Churches formally came together in October 1992, when the clergy invited representatives of all denominations to an inaugural meeting. A decision was taken to set up a forum consisting of the clergy and two representatives of each of the six churches in the town. The Secretary of the Christian Aid Committee is also a member. This forum meets regularly at four-monthly intervals, seeking to further develop and foster Christian unity. During each meeting, there is an opportunity for the various Churches to bring forward any current problems and achievements. In this way, we can help each other and in a time of prayer, ask God’s help too.
A number of events, some historic and some recently initiated, have now become part of the calendar of Churches together and part of the life of Poulton-le-Fylde and Carleton. During Lent, study groups and Lenten lunches are provided. These activities are open to all our Churches.
A united “Act of Witness” is held in the market place on Good Friday lunchtime. We also join together for an hour of Christmas carols in the Square.
During the week of prayer for Christian unity in January, thoughtful and prayerful sessions are held, culminating in a united service usually on the first Sunday evening. On the second Sunday following Gala Week in June, an outdoor “Songs of Praise” is held in the garden of St Martin’s and St Hilda’s Church in Carleton.
In 2013 we began an Inter-Church Prayer Group. We meet at the URC on a two-three monthly basis.
“Churches Together in Poulton and Carleton” is linked formally with “Lancashire Churches Together” and through that to “Churches Together in England”.