Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Farewell to Fleetwood Road

With the Minister Mark Hammond

This was a particularly significant visit for me. After a lot of prayer and deliberation the two churches in Thornton Cleveleys have decided to come together.
They had hoped to be able to build a new church but the local Planning Authority was not sympathetic so they will now be refurbishing the Wignall Church and sharing these premises.
This involved closing Fleetwood Road for worship - a Church which was built over 100 years ago by my great-grandfather, also a David Walton.
So it was a privilege for me to be invited to preach at the final service.
Fleetwood Road has always been known as the Church with a friendly welcome - and so it was. Although there was sadness among members of the congregation who had served with such commitment over many years there was so much to be thankful for in the story of worship, prayer, fellowship and service enjoyed (and that is the right word) by the saints of Fleetwood Road.
We will praise him for all that is past
And trust him for all that's to come

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