Wade Street Church
Wade Street Church is a local ecumenical partnership (URC & Baptist) based in the centre of the historic city of Lichfield, next to the new Garrick Theatre and amidst shops and businesses. The area around the church is already earmarked for an ambitious new residential, commercial and leisure development within the next 5 years.
The building was opened in 1812 and is one of the very few examples in the Midlands of a Georgian non-conformist chapel. In the gallery upstairs is a set of box pews thought to be the only surviving example in the region and there are other parts of the church which have remained more or less unchanged for nearly two centuries.
However, the church building is not a museum! It's a place where people meet regularly to worship God, to encourage one another, to help meet the needs of the community, and to tell other people about the fact that Jesus Christ is alive today and making a difference in the world.
The people who meet there each week are fairly ordinary people who live and work in and around Lichfield. There are getting on for 200 people who regularly take part in the activities of the church: elderly people, young people, families, children, single people, professional people, manual workers, people without jobs - in fact, all the different sorts of people you'd find living in any part of the city. We are drawn from all Christian traditions (and none), but find our unity in our worship of and witness to the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Sunday services usually take place at 9am and 11am and are quite informal, with plenty of music, special items for the children in the mornings, a friendly atmosphere, and teaching from the Bible dealing with the issues which face all of us in our everyday lives. We see much of the teaching as helping people creatively to relate the message of the Bible to life in a post-modern world. During the week there are all kinds of other things that go on as part of the church's life and the members of the church are themselves involved in all aspects of the life of the local community - as well as having a keen interest in global justice and political and social issues.
During the week there are Bible study groups, prayer meetings, a Toddler Group, a youth group - Ignite, children's events and many other events which happen on a more occasional basis, including groups for those who want to explore what Christianity is all about.