Fransabas Clemt

Imagine if Church was always the first place people in the community went to when they were struggling? St Francis and St Barnabas in Marsh Green, Wigan is one of those places. A church God has placed in the centre of one of the most deprived areas in our Diocese that has embraced its location and the people in their community.


Platform 2

St Hilda’s is not a big church, it’s not flashy and it doesn’t have a lot of resources but Platform 2 was started by a small group of extraordinary people who turned this vision into something that works and connects with people who weren’t previously engaging with church.



The church has a calling to be the voice for the voiceless, to welcome strangers that others won’t and now it is facing a unique opportunity to live out this command on its doorstep. Sepas is already doing this and is a great example of what can happen when churches and their congregations simply say ‘welcome’.

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Zone 2

In 2011 Liverpool Cathedral launched Zone2. Each week, at the same time as the traditional service a second congregation meets informally, café style, with all ages worshipping together.