Fawcett 200

Celebrating an inspirational Baptist

Fawcett cartoonFRIENDS in Hebden Bridge are set to celebrate the life and legacy of Baptist theologian, pastor and hymn writer the Revd John Fawcett, who died 200 years ago this month.

John started his ministry at Wainsgate Chapel in Old Town and moved to Ebenezer Chapel in the heart of Hebden Bridge. When it outgrew that building, the congregation built Hope Baptist Church further along the road.

Ann Liston, of Hope Baptist Church, takes up the story: “On Sunday 23rd July, we will be holding our first Fawcett 200 event. This is the Sunday closest to the bi-centenary of his death.

“Our morning service, at 10.30am, will be led by our minister, Gaynor Hammond, and will be followed by a shared lunch.

John Fawcett“In the afternoon, at 2.30pm, we will be singing "Songs of Hope" in the church garden (including the hymn by John Fawcett ‘Blest be the tie that binds’). 
“Sadly, the chapel will still not be in use due to ongoing building works, but we would welcome all our friends to celebrate with us.”

The church, which is partnering with the Friends of Wainsgate and Hebden Bridge History Society for the Fawcett 200 project, has received a YBA Home Mission Project Grant towards its outreach activities.

Plans are also in hand for two Heritage Open Days and a Fawcett Weekend, all in September.
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