Preston Resourcing Parish launch, Preston Minster
PUBLISHED: 09:32 23 October 2019 | UPDATED: 09:32 23 October 2019
A new era for The Church of England in Lancashire began with the opening Civic Service for the new 'Preston Resourcing Parish' at Preston Minster.
Preston Resourcing Parish launch
Preston Minster, newly refurbished and ready for the Civic Service
The clergy team for the Parish, Rev Sam Haigh (centre, left) and Father David Craven (centre, right) with Curates, Rev Tim Roberts (left) and Rev Jason Gardner (right)
Sonia Gildert, St George�s PCC, Sue Taylor, Churchwarden at St George�s and Reg Ashall, aged 95, St George�s Churchwarden Emeritus.
Bishop of Blackburn, The Rt Rev Julian Henderson and Stephanie Rankin the Lay Chair Preston Deanery
Ron and Christine Farrington represented Crossgate Church in Preston at the Civic Service
Bishop of Blackburn, The Rt Rev Julian Henderson, greets Ron Farrington, Pastor of Crossgate Church
The Bishop of Burnley, Rt Rev Philip North, meets Margaret Rigby and County Cllr Paul Rigby Chairman of Lancashire County Council
High Sheriff of Lancashire, The Hon Ralph Assheton, Rev Sam Haigh, Father David Craven, Mayoress of Preston, Stacey Thoburn, The Bishop of Burnley, Rt Rev Philip North, Mayor of Preston, Cllr David Borrow, Rev Jason Gardner, The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, The Lord Shuttleworth, Rev Tim Roberts, Bishop of Blackburn, The Rt Rev Julian Henderson, Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Colonel Alan Jolley, County Cllr Paul Rigby Chairman of Lancashire County Council, Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Charles Hadcock, The Dean of Blackburn, The Very Rev Peter Howell-Jones and Margaret Rigby
The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, The Lord Shuttleworth spoke to parishioners before the Civic Service
A busy newly-refurbished Preston Minster during the Civic Service
Rev Sam Haigh, Vicar of Preston, and his wife Hannah welcome the congregation to the Minster
The resourcing parish consists of the congregations of the Minster and St George's in the city centre who joined together with other invited guests at the new-look Minster building to mark the occasion. At the Civic Service Rev Sam Haigh, the new Vicar of Preston (and the man in overall charge of the resourcing parish) and Father David Craven, Assistant Priest based at St George's were joined by Diocesan Bishop, Rt Rev Julian Henderson, the Bishop of Blackburn and Rt Rev Philip North, the Bishop of Burnley and the Dean of Blackburn, The Very Rev Peter Howell-Jones. The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, The Rt Hon Lord Shuttleworth, led civic dignitaries who also included the Mayor of Preston, Cllr David Borrow; County Cllr Paul Rigby Chairman of Lancashire County Council and High Sheriff of Lancashire, Ralph Assheton.
Lord Shuttleworth said: 'This building is now a happy combination of old and new. I am here today because I want to do anything I can to encourage the work of this new Parish. The Church has much to offer our communities and we need to grow congregations.