Colne churches working together to share memories

Colne churches meet at Christ Church to share memories of past and present.

Colne churches meet at Christ Church to share memories of past and present.

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THIS week the Colne Times is helping to launch an exciting church project — which will see the community brought together through memories.

Every month, we will be teaming up with the Colne and Villages Team Ministry to share memories of St Bartholomew’s Church, in Church Street, Christ Church, in Keighley Road, Holy Trinity Church, in Burnley Road, St Michael and All Angels Church, in Skipton Road, Foulridge, and St Mary the Virgin Church, in Church Street, Trawden.

The aim of the 5 into 1 “All Our Stories” project is to encourage all age groups to explore the history of each of the five churches and recall characters who have served, worshipped and supported them.

Anyone with a memory, big or small, is asked to step forward to be interviewed by somebody from the parish. This month, the theme is “first memories”.

It could be anything, from a wedding, to a baptism, to a funny story you remember — we want to hear from you.

Information from the interview will be sent to the Colne Times, who will feature one memory on the last Friday of every month.

Lynne Mitchell, who is helping to organise the project, said: “It is great for the churches to be given a chance to explore their social history as a team that includes young people, newcomers and long-standing members of the parish.

“In sharing their experiences of learning and exploring people’s stories and tales together the group may discover what encouraged the larger congregations of the past to church and to find ways of replicating it in future.”

Memories can be sent in various formats, including pictures, letters, stories, poems, or songs. Photos would be useful, if available, and each memory should include a name, address, and contact details.

Memory gathering events will be held at each of the churches between May and July.

To send a memory for the “All Our Stories” project email lynnemitchell99@yahoo.com, or leave one in any of the churches. St Bartholmew’s is open daily from 10am to 12-30pm.

For information on any of the churches visit www.colneteamparish.org.uk. And to see an example of people sharing their first memories, visit http://5into1memoriesofchurch.wordpress.com/