The Wigan host of an international religious gathering has received a very special gift.
Bishop Steven Evans of Orrell-based Living Faith Church was presented with a cross which had been blessed and given to Rev Christopher Hughes by His Holiness Pope Francis during a visit to Rome.
The church was hosting The International Christian Church Network’s (TICCN) conference with delegates from as far afield as the USA.
Among those present was Bishop Michael Fleming – otherwise known as Pastor Mick from the Church on the Street in Burnley whom Bishop Steven consecrated and bishop and whose book Blown Away is currently number one on Amazon.
Also in attendance were Vice-Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire Christine Kirk DL and the BBC’s special correspondent Ed Thomas who were both guest speakers.
Bishop Steven said he was deeply moved to have received the gift and that he would treasure it for the rest of his life.
What a day! Thanks be to God for all He has done and congratulations to my precious brother Bishop Michael Fleming on his consecration.
A consecration service like no other, with Mezzo-Soprano Samantha Oxborough, who opened the Commonwealth games, an award winning BBC Correspondent, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, and an abrupt interruption from a congregation member.
Our special guest speakers did a wonderful job, they clearly have a deep respect and love for Bishop Michael. Here we are with the BBC’s Special Correspondent Ed Thomas and the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, Mrs Christine Kirk DL
Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, Mrs Christine Kirk DL was interrupted during the service. Two people came to the front of the church shouting and clearly in great need. Bishop Michael embraced them in love and led them to the side. I explained to the congregation that the church is a spiritual hospital so we ought not to be surprised if we encounter some patients. I went on to conclude that we’re all patients, with differing degrees of need. In many ways, the incident was a perfect illustration of what a church could and should be.
TICCN minister Reverend Christopher Hughes attended the Sports For All Summit in the Vatican. People from around the world came together to promote the importance of sports for human, educational and spiritual growth. During the summit a Declaration was presented with a commitment from attendees to give greater promotion in their own institutions and sports organizations to the social and inclusive dimensions of sports.
Reverend Christopher was a cosignatory on the declaration and among the gifts that were exchanged he presented Pope Francis with the popular golden TICCN crest badge (see photo).
Pope Francis showed great interest in the work of TICCN and presented Reverend Christopher with a cross which Reverend Christopher will present to Archbishop Steven during the TICCN conference on 12th October.
Since the birth of modern sports in the 19th century, the Church has willingly accompanied and promoted the practice of sports. Using the words of His Holiness Pius XII, sport is not “a vain agitation of limbs,” but an “activity with high educational and social potential, capable of promoting the person.”
Archbishop Steven Lyn Evans has received an award in recognition for his loyal and devoted work towards the development of Pakistan from the Bright Future Society & Implementation Minority Rights Forum.
TICCN continues to support the work carried out by Bishop Yousaf Nadeem in Pakistan. Over the years this work has provided food aid, medical supplies, and other essentials to poor communities in Pakistan. This support has been especially important in recent years during the COVID-19 pandemic and now with the extensive floods Pakistan has experienced.
Church of England minister Reverend Chris Low and her husband John visited Living Faith Church to share from her new book ‘Shattering Glass Ceilings.’
She has a tremendous testimony of healing from Multiple Sclerosis and until recently was the National director of the OSL (Order of St Luke). The OSL is a healing order focused on bringing the essential healing ministry of Jesus into churches.
The Reverend Christine “Chris” Low has spoken on many occasions about the testimony of her healing from multiple sclerosis and has frequently been asked to put it in writing. Now she sets out to tell her story with the hope of encouraging others to step out in faith and trust to God’s enabling to fulfill their God-given potential.
Shattering Glass Ceilings presents a story of the frustrations and restrictions of gender-shaped glass ceilings and how Chris saw those ceilings come crashing down one by one. By God’s grace, she was healed of multiple sclerosis and enabled to follow his call to ordination. The road was far from easy, but through God’s Holy Spirit and the support of many good people, it became possible. Along the way she learned many lessons—most of all, coming to trust to God’s empowering and to refuse to allow the prejudices of others to determine who she was and what she could become. Inspirational and biblically based, this personal narrative tells one woman’s story of healing and empowerment as God’s grace and hand in her life made possible many great things.