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Fulwood Free Methodist Church

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Lightfoot Lane, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 3LT

Fulwood Free Methodist Church

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Fulwood Free Methodist Church church services
Lightfoot Lane Fulwood Preston PR2 3LT
Fulwood Free Methodist Church

Telephone: 01772 861597
Web: fulwoodfmc.net

Church, Preston, debt advice, Preston

“Thank you for changing my life” – the words of a woman drowning in £25,000 of debt who has just gone debt-free with help from Fulwood Free Methodist Church.

A Christians Against Poverty Debt Centre has opened there as part of a national network “unsurpassed for the debt help it gives”, according to money-saving guru Martin Lewis.

Volunteer manager Lisa Bell, a former office manager, gives two days a week to help 15 people struggling with nearly £600,000 of debt, aided by a team of volunteers.

“I love the challenge, I love the people, many of whom I would not come across in my normal day,” says mother-of-two Lisa, who was once caught up in a drugs raid while visiting a client.

Most days are more humdrum, with clients of all social classes from students to the elderly.

One of Lisa’s best memories was using the church’s emergency fund to restore a family’s gas and electric. “Before I had left the house, the mum had the baby in the bath – he hadn’t had one in two weeks,” she recalls.

Lisa visits new clients, takes their details and paperwork which is forwarded to legal and financial experts at the charity’s Bradford HQ. They develop a budget and realistic repayment plan, often tough but with a savings pot for Christmas and other luxuries.

If necessary, legal help is also offered and because CAP is widely respected, organisations are willing to work with them.

Lisa supports clients in sticking to the plan, helped by a team of six befrienders. Help is given regardless of religious beliefs.

Associate Pastor Ian Clarkson adds: “God calls us to love others as we love Him and if we can help people in a practical way, that’s part of who we should be.”

Other new activities include a community choir, with more than 60 members (most not from church), a cycling club and indoor bowls (see below).

The church has two Sunday morning services with around 350 adults, children and teenagers. Its pastor, Andrew Gardner, said: “Many people are searching for spiritual answers to issues of life and finding that the fast pace and pressures of life don’t satisfy. People coming with an open mind find they meet God here.”

See (below) for all activities and ring to find out more.


Children: Sundays, Energize for ages two until the end of primary school; Tuesdays, Bump and Baby for pregnant mums/carers of babies, Toddlers’ group for parents/carers with toddlers; Wednesdays, Kickstart for primary school children; Dads and Toddlers group, twice a term.

Young people: Sundays: Ignite group for high school ages: Weekdays, Youth home groups; Youth Fridays, Space (school years 7-8), Impact (school years 9-13).

Adults: Weekdays, Home groups; Tuesdays, prayer meeting; Wednesdays, Lunch-break – soup and cake for £2.50;  Indoor Bowls for all abilities; Free Voices Community Choir; Lunch Fellowship (monthly, meal and speaker). Thursdays, Inspirations craft group. Saturdays, Fulwood Free Wheelers Cycle group. PLUS: RISE ladies meetings, Men’s Breakfasts, Lightfoot Ramblers.

Sunday Gatherings: Church at 9.15, 11.00 and 6.30. Afternoons, 3pm once a month.

Pictured: Pastor Andrew Gardner (left), Lisa Bell and Associate Pastor Ian Clarkson

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