Churches unite to spread God's word to wider audience
Three Methodist churches in Radstock, Westfield and Writhlington have decided to unite under a new name to serve the whole area.
By joining together to pool resources, the churches hope that they will be able to serve their community more effectively.
The three church buildings will continue to be used, and worship will continue in all three centres and many activities will remain as they are.
The Rev Ian Souter, the retiring superintendent minister, said: "The hope is that by pooling resources, particularly the most valuable resource, the people in the church, we will be able respond to the needs around us and to undertake some really exciting ventures in mission.
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"The new church will have one church council and this will mean that our work will be better co-ordinated.
"By bringing people together, we hope to spark off new ideas of how to communicate the Christian faith in words and in action."
He added: "This is not about forgetting all that has happened in the three churches in the past, it's about seeing how we can take the work of the Church forward into the future with a strong community of Christians."
From time to time there will be shared worship sessions.
The first of these celebration services will be held on Sunday, (September 1) at 10.30am at Radstock Methodist Church.
The service will be followed by refreshments.
From that date the three churches will be known as Trinity Methodist Church.
Mr Souter added: "It will be a united church serving three different communities."