Hundreds gathered in unity in Hastings

Picture by Bruce Wick. SUS-160202-121953001
Picture by Bruce Wick. SUS-160202-121953001

More than 400 Christians gathered at the Hastings Centre for this year’s annual Unity service.

The event was organised by Church Together in Hastings and St Leonards, with hospitality was provided by Kings Church.

Rev Dr Joel Edwards. Picture by Bruce Wick. SUS-160202-122005001

Rev Dr Joel Edwards. Picture by Bruce Wick. SUS-160202-122005001

There were an array of eye-catching displays dotted around the hall, showing the work of 25 local Christian projects.

Among them were Hastings Street Pastors, Night Church, Hope Kitchen, Christians Against Poverty and Hastings Foodbank.

The event has grown in the last few years.

Event chairman John Lyttle, of Hastings and St Leonards Church Together, remarked: “This is the only church building now where we can fit it in.”

Picture by Bruce Wick SUS-160202-121907001

Picture by Bruce Wick SUS-160202-121907001

During the event, a DVD was screened, promoting the singing of Handel’s Messiah at Hastings Castle on August 13.

So far 167 singers have already signed up to join professional singers and musicians for the special event.

The event also included a presentation of the latest Loaf Project, Wheels of Mercy.

The aim of the project is to provide a minibus to transport children in Pakistan with learning disabilities to a specialist day centre.

Picture by Bruce Wick. SUS-160202-121920001

Picture by Bruce Wick. SUS-160202-121920001

More than £4,000 has already been raised for the cause.

The main speaker at the Unity service was Rev Dr Joel Edwards, a regular Radio 4 broadcaster, who is currently working in support of Christians suffering persecution around the world.

He challenged local Christians to ‘translate’ the communication of their faith into their projects around the town.

* Pictures kindly supplied by Bruce Wick.

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