C. 2011The Bridge - Evesham Road, Headless Cross, Redditch, Worc's, England B97 4JX
A Centre for Christian Worship & Community Life - Serving The Community Of Headless Cross & Southcrest
Forming the Local Ecumenical Partnership
A good relationship between Headless Cross Methodist Church and St. Luke’s Church had existed over many years and in the early years of this new century there was a growing desire to work closely together. There had been a number of joint services as well as joint social events which had been well supported.
It became clear that the two churches had a great deal in common with similar visions for their future mission. At the same time both churches faced problems or inadequacies with their existing buildings.
Following discussions between the two churches a decision was taken in December 2006, by both churches in independent voting to "examine the feasibility of joining together as one body on one site."
Subsequently it was decided to set up a Feasibility Study Group (FSG) with representatives from both churches. The FSG divided the task into three sections:
●Community and Mission - To consult with and assess the needs of the area and community and consider the current and future outreach of the churches.
●Worship, Church Structures and Organisation - To consider how a combined church could be structured, work together, worship together and be ministered.
●Buildings, Finance and Funding - To examine existing and potential buildings, the needs of congregations, user groups and community ventures as well as funding of the project.
A full report from the FSG, with recommendations, was published and circulated to both congregations in December 2007 which was then carefully considered by both churches during 2008. Both churches separately deciding to proceed with amalgamation based on the FSG recommendations. This led to the two churches joining together as an Ecumenical Partnership called The Bridge, based on the St. Luke’s site, on Ash Wednesday, 25th February 2009.
Since then various new initiatives have been launched so that today The Bridge has many activities covering all age groups.