It was a Methodist's 'vision' spread around the churches' staff
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LIVERPOOL CATHEDRAL CELEBRATING 50 YEARS
- A LOOK BACK AT OUR COMMEMORATIVE ISSUE
There By Philip Lodge, Chair of the Trust
Picture: Han Duijvendak
In Huyton, Liverpool we plan to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Fourth Dimension Trust: the Huyton churches' Shop which over the years has donated approximately £400,000 to C.Aid Water Projects in Africa and to local charities nominated by our helpers as well as providing access to low priced refreshments, clothing - and kindness to those in need.
It was a Methodist's 'vision' spread around the churches' staff by her Methodist Minister. It caught fire with other denominations very quickly: nine churches including four Anglican ones were founding member organisations in 1981. The then Bishop of Liverpool, David Sheppard, was very keen to officially open the shop which was equally well supported by Catholic Archbishop, Derek Worlock and the Methodist District Chair John Newton - 'Better Together' being implicit in theology and practice.
Since then it has promoted many community events - dances, fashion shows, quizzes, disarmament meetings, walks of witness as well as meeting the needs indicated . Sadly, it does not seem to be quite the core priority with all churches now and could not continue without help from 'non-church' people, so happily ‘better together and ecumenical in a new dimension!’.
Fourth Dimension Trust celebrates 40th anniversary