For over a year we have been operating a house church in the small rural community of Abbeytown, about 7 miles outside Wigton. As with a lot of rural communities, the village has historically been served by both a Methodist Chapel and a Church of England church (the Abbey of Holm Cultural).
When worshipping at the Methodist chapel became a struggle, the congregation at Wigton came forward to support the community in the creation of a house church. Effectively becoming a home group of our main congregation, we now worship each week in one of our members’ living room, making church and home the heart of this community.
Our involvement has developed into significant work in the school and participation in a number of community events held within the village, from carnivals to Ceilidhs and bbq’s to bouncy castles.
The early church worshipped in peoples homes and in our ministry in Abbeytown we try to return to this ethos of having Christ at the centre of our worship and our mission.