Ecumenical Centre, Skelmersdale

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Skelmersdale New Town. Pictures from the Trinity Mirror Archive.The MOst Rev. George Andrew Beck, Archbishop of Liverpool, blesses the new church of St Edmunds Catholic Church, on the new Skelmersdale housing estate. (Right) is the Parish Priest Very Rev Mgr Thomas Barry. No date on picture

The Archbihsop of Liverpool blesses Skelmersdale New Town

Groups rally to save Skelmersdale Ecumenical Centre

The centre was opened in 1975 and planned as an ecumenical experiment when the new town of Skelmersdale was being built. Funding for the building was provided by all the mainstream Churches contributing to a single shared facility to serve as both a place of worship and a town centre focal point for the wider community.  It is also one of the most striking examples of Modernist architecture in West Lancashire.

Th centre is run as a social enterprise and is owned by a board of trustees representing the supporting denominations, namely the Church of England, Methodist, Baptist and United Reformed Churches as managed by a Team Minister, Centre Coordinator and Volunteer Project Coordinator employed by the Church Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jul 28 2011 by Michael Byrne, Skelmersdale Advertiser

A COMMUNITY centre regarded by some as the only public meeting place in Skelmersdale could be under threat of closure.  Jerry Broxholme, manager of the Ecumenical Centre on Northway, told the Advertiser that the building has a maximum of two years of funding available. The centre is a very popular base for local groups.  Organisations that use its premises include Age UK, Age Concern, Plastersine Youth theatre  and the West Lancashire Food Initiative.  It also hosts many events including Christmas parties for people who would otherwise be on their own.

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