Bishop wants King’s Church to take over Cockermouth church building
Last updated at 15:22, Friday, 13 September 2013
Cockermouth’s All Saints Church should be taken over by a new Christian group, the Bishop of Carlisle has recommended.
The Right Rev James Newcome has told parishioners that the evangelical King’s Church group, which meets at Cockermouth School, should take on the under-threat church.
All Saints is struggling financially and Bishop Newcome has asked the congregation at the Anglican church to work closer with King’s Church.
He said if King’s Church took All Saints on, the existing congregation could transfer to Christ Church.
Bishop Newcome said: “When considering this issue there are three areas which need to be explored.
“There are two Anglican churches within a small town which are very close to each other.
“The congregation of All Saints is getting smaller and that has impacted on how financially sustainable the church is.
“And we want the building to be used for Christian purposes for many years to come.
“For that to happen we may have to look at how best to develop new links with the people of Cockermouth.”
A Diocese of Carlisle spokesman said it and King’s Church were at the early stages of any discussions, and talks with the district church council and parochial church council were continuing.
King’s Church has been in Cockermouth for around 30 years and currently meets at Cockermouth School on Sundays.
About 200 people attend its services each week.
It is part of Newfrontiers, a worldwide network of spiritual-led evangelical churches.
Roger Bye, pastor, said the Cockermouth congregation had been looking for a permanent building for several years, but declined to comment on All Saints.
He said: “It’s entirely an All Saints matter. We are in rented accommodation and have a very good relationship with Cockermouth School.
“As a church we have been looking for a building for many years but we have got a good working relationship with and respect for other church leaders.”
Members of All Saints’ congregation have started a petition to save the parish church as a place of Anglican worship and they will present it to the church’s council on October 1.
They have also set up a group to investigate how to bring more services and funding into the church and will draw up an action plan.
At the group’s first meeting on Tuesday, ideas for improving the church included increasing the use of social media and forming a Sunday school for children.
A congregation spokesman said: “All Saints is the spiritual home for a lot of the congregation. We feel there should be an open meeting where we can invite people from the town to discuss things.
“We believe we have enough money to carry on for two years. The feeling is that we should continue to fight while we still can.
“We are praying for a miracle and praying someone will listen.”
First published at 15:20, Friday, 13 September 2013
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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I don't think kings church would like to meet in a 'church building'. They would want to change the interior. However it is better that it is used for what it was built for...Christian worship,,,, as this would be far more honouring to God than using it for any other purpose, However the Church is not a building but a group of Christians who worship the one true God. Sadly, All Saints has not been a Church in the real sense for a long long time
A far better use of All Saints would be to hand it over to the Kirkgate Centre which could be re-housed and avoid the controversial extension. Vacating the current Kirkgate centre would allow it to be used as the scout hut next door which could be removed and thus increase parking in that car park.Who else thinks All Saints should be the new home of the Kirkgate Centre?