On 22nd January 2000 Christians from all over Manchester gathered first in Salford Cathedral (Roman Catholic) for Worship and Prayer, then hundreds of people walked in a great procession from Salford Cathedral thought the centre of Manchester, stopping for open-air praise of God where John Wesley (founder of the Methodist movement) preached, and on to Manchester Cathedral (Anglican) for another service to celebrate our unity in Jesus Christ.
Please watch this 6 minute video summary of that wonderful day in 2000 when regardless of our traditions and denominations, we were One in Christ.
In January 2000 there was an enormous and enthusiastic response to the services at Salford and Manchester Cathedrals, the walk of witness through the streets, and the open air service near Deansgate. The many hundreds who participated were tangible evidence of a very substantial commitment to unity and renewal of faith amongst Christians in the North West of England.
Countless people said that this event marked the beginning of a whole new development in the life of the Church in this region. On that day we were truly one in Christ. We prayed and praised as one. We were seen to be one. Christian leaders from all denominations led a winding procession behind a simple wooden cross. There were just two large banners. The first proclaimed ‘One Lord – JESUS’ and the second ‘Christians Together – WE ARE ONE’. The message was simple and direct.
A considerable number of participants said “We have been praying and waiting for this to happen for years”. In the crowded Cathedrals, where many had to stand, it was repeatedly said “Things can never be the same again”. “We urgently need to come together to witness like this to our common faith”.