Christians to gather in town for prayer week

Scores of Christians around Bognor Regis will come together this weekend for a special service.

The occasion will be the united service which forms the centrepiece of the town's contribution to the annual international week of prayer for Christian unity.

Sunday's (January 18) occasion will be called We Are Special and will take place at 4pm at St Wilfrid's Church in Ellasdale Road.

It will led by the L'Arche Community in Bognor on behalf of the town's Churches Together group of 22 churches and Christian organisations and will be an interactive service with a celebration of human gifts and dignity.

L'Arche Bognor community worker Chris Bemrose said: "We are all members of one church in Bognor, though we may belong to different denominations.

"In that, we are all like different parts of the body that need to operate together if it is to function as it should.

"We wanted, therefore, to use the service as an opportunity to get to know one another a little better across our different denominations."

The service will launch the 2008 international week of prayer with its theme provided by Korea.

There will also be an open meeting led by Ian Chisnall, the mission and ministry co-ordinator for Churches Together in Sussex. This will take place at noon on Tuesday, January 20, at the Royal Norfolk Hotel.

Anyone interested in Christian unity is welcome to attend. Hot drinks will be available but packed lunches should be taken along.

Father Andrew Wadsworh, the vicar of St Wilfrid's, said the week's activities were an important antidote to the conflicts which sometimes arose between Christians.

"Having a week set aside to pray and give thanks to God for the work of our local churches here in Bognor," he stated, "is vital as we are called to take Jesus' words for unity among Christianity seriously."

Full details of the week's events are on the www.churchestogetherinbognor.co.uk website.

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