A journey of faith and food in Wigan

Read about Ann Fairhurst's unusual service as she's commissioned as a local missional leader in a Wigan cafe.

On 28th September, in the rather unusual setting of Fur Clemt, a real junk food project in Wigan, Ann Fairhurst was commissioned as a local missional leader. It’s even more poignant that Ann was commissioned there and not in the usual church building, as it’s a project she helped set up.

Archdeacon Jennifer Mckenzie presided over the official service, where Ann was joined by family and friends. The relaxed ceremony also saw the licencing of Father Philip Anderson as Area Dean of Wigan. Father Philip, the current incumbent at St John`s in Pemberton will be looking after the 30 Anglican worship communities over the next five years. He added: “It was a real honour to be part of Ann`s special day. Her faith is inspiring, she believes that God wants to feed people, and through her faith and dedication miracles happen every day, and, bellies, not bins are fed.”

The idea of Fur Clemt came about two years ago when Ann became concerned that some children were not going to get a warm meal during school holidays. Inspired by Adam Smith’s “Real Junk Food Project” in Leeds which helps prevent edible food from ending up as landfill or animal feed, she felt a strong desire to “feed the world”. Ann`s Food Boutique and Fur Clemt Café have gone from strength to strength. There are five more projects ready to be set up in various communities across the Transforming Wigan hubs in the next three years.

Ann felt God calling her to: develop the worshipping community at Fur Clemt alongside the café during a Liverpool Diocese Directions course. She believes in such a relaxed and friendly environment God`s spirit can grow, transforming the lives of so many people who wouldn’t normally attend a church service.

This summer Adam joined Ann to set up a successful outdoor café Wigan’s ‘Soul in the Park’ in May. One grateful parent said after, “This wonderful food lovingly prepared by Adam, Ann and her helpers will help to feed my family for a week. I am so grateful for this project and I just want to say a big thank you to everyone involved with this generous project.”

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