A new church was launched in Sandbach, Cheshire on Easter Sunday (see ET, January 2018). Grace Church Sandbach is a church plant involving about 50 members from Wheelock Heath Baptist Church in Winterley, Cheshire.
Sandbach is a pleasant and prosperous market town (which still needs Jesus!), just one mile from the M6. It has been ‘discovered’ in recent years, attracting many new cafes and restaurants and large housing developments.
Historically its claim to fame is the home of Foden Trucks, now sadly disappeared, and two large stone crosses in the cobbled market square dating from around the 9th century and elaborately carved with biblical scenes, considered by English Heritage to be ‘among the finest example of Anglo-Saxon high crosses’.
Grace Church Sandbach meets for worship at 10.30 every Sunday morning, at Sandbach High School for Girls, Middlewich Road, with a Sunday school and crèche; and on the first Sunday of every month at 4.00pm, at Sandbach town hall, which is enthusiastic about the church’s presence.
The town hall services will be more informal and, for the first three months, will discuss the three most asked questions about the Christian faith by people in Sandbach today.
There was a questionnaire exercise carried out in the town during March and April. Some 2,500 invitations were delivered to local houses to publicise the launch. There was also a stall at the town market, where many conversations about the new church took place.
A family town trail attracted 125 children plus their families, plus personal invitations to neighbours and friends and connections with the local primary school, all helped the launch.
Both launch services were well attended with a good number of visitors, including local MP Fiona Bruce. Easter treats were enjoyed by all, with the children participating in Easter-themed activities. Pastor Paul Gibson preached from Matthew 27 and 28, and copies of Matthew’s Gospel and books about the resurrection were given out to visitors.
‘Sandbach is increasing in size’, Mr Gibson said, ‘and we want to help the people in our community to hear the good news about what God has done for us in Jesus. If you are thinking of moving to Cheshire or just visiting, we’d love you to join us’.