Christian Concern Crewe - 25th anniversary 2012

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undefinedArchdeacon of Macclesfield Ian Bishop preached at the 25th anniversary of Christian Concern Crewe (3Cs) - a remarkable ecumenical project with a great track record of helping the poor. The Diocese of Chester sold St Paul's Church in Crewe town centre 25 years ago to a group of local Christians who converted the building into a furniture re-location point.

Since then thousands of homes have been furnished by the generosity of people giving their unwanted sofas, tables and chairs to those who have none.

And the 3Cs centre has grown. As well as furniture distribution it now also provides: training; advice to people setting up in business; garden maintenance and a host of other services to help the poor. The latest project is a food bank – already up and running and finding plenty of clients in need of food parcels.

For the anniversary service the former nave of St Paul’s (now the main furniture store) was restored to a church – but with the congregation sitting on the donated sofas rather than pews.

The Revd Rob Wykes - pictured above with Archdeacon Ian on one of the sofas - runs the project (as well as being a minister at Gresty Road Free Evangelical Church,  Crewe). Revd Rob made it clear that 3Cs wasn’t so much about furniture – but people. It wasn’t about giving away tables and chairs but visiting lonely struggling people and bringing them Jesus.

The Revd Peter Geddes, Vicar of Partington and Carrington, is chairman of the trustees and he prayed in the service for the work to continue to grow and develop.

In his sermon, Archdeacon Ian described the work of the project as inspirational and Christ-centred and commended all those who give, all those who work at the centre, and all those who receive from it as being a part of the work of Christ in this world.