Monday, 28 October 2013

Mossley Methodist Church celebrates its 225th anniversary

This week-end I was in Lancashire at Mossley where we were celebrating the 225th anniversary of the Methodist church in that place. The present building is just 50 years old and is well used by church and community. On Saturday evening it was used for the celebration dinner shared by 56 of us and followed by an entertainment. Robert and I went to bed well fed that night and slept soundly, thanks to the hospitality of the minister, Julie and her husband Neville.
Enjoying the celebration meal
On Sunday a congregation aged from babies to 103 joined in an act of worship that included the story of Webster the Preacher Duck (well worth reading it if you don't know it already), a sermon from me and the celebration of communion. Worship was led by Julie, Revd Keith Davies (Chair of District), and an excellent music group and choir. We had a great time with God.
The music group
Several of the past ministers of the church joined us and family members came from near and far. As always, I enjoyed talking with people who shared something of their faith journey with me and, as always, that was a great privilege.

Here I am with Annie aged 103 (on the left) and her friend Joan who she taught in Sunday School.

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