50 Years of Worship at St Andrews

On the 14th September 2018, it will be 50 years since the first service was held in the current building. It was decided some time ago that we should not let this go by without a celebration, so at the beginning of November, a small group convened to do some planning. We have been inundated with lots of good ideas and we hope to have something special organised in most months in the lead up to next September. Some of these events are already organised, others less so – in fact they are just an idea at this stage.

We started by having our ‘Big Brekkie’ Harvest in support of ‘The Red Trust’, which was a great success and our next event is on Friday 12th of January when Richard will talk about his amazing experiences walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrim way. This will start at 7pm and we will share a typical pilgrim supper, which we are told involves something to do with chicken. Next up is Richard again with a ‘Sound of Music’ sing-along on Saturday 3rd February followed on Sunday by a themed ‘Sound of Music’ service – intrigued? Come along. In March we hope to have an organ recital by an organist who has played at many churches including St Pauls’ Cathedral. In May, we will have, by popular demand, a Beetle Drive with cream teas and a ‘bake-off competition. On the cream tea theme, we will also have a cream tea open day in the Wood’s garden in May, which will be open to church family and friends.

As we near September, we hope to have a flower festival followed by Songs of Praise in July and in August, we will invite all past youth club members and their families to a party in the church hall with bouncy castle and lunch. We also hope to have a quiz evening with supper in August. On Saturday 8th September we plan to have a special celebratory coffee morning and on Sunday 16th September we will complete our year with a Service of Thanksgiving for current and past members of St Andrews and as many Ministers as we can muster. The service will be followed by a barbecue party.

During the year we will also hold a party for all our regular users of the premises so they can be involved in our celebrations.
We also feel that the year shouldn’t only be about looking back. It is important that we also think about our future at St Andrews, so some of our ideas will be designed as a legacy for the future. They include:

• Tidying up and renovating the side entrance and coffee lounge as both are showing their age.
• Some kind of regular social activity on a Sunday afternoon.
• An extension to the front of the church to provide an attractive coffee lounge and meeting place and to make St Andrews more visible.

This idea has only just been mentioned at Church Council so much of the year will be in exploring feasibility, cost and enthusiasm for the project.

I think you will agree that it will be an exciting year and we hope there will be something for everyone. As plans develop and as each event gets closer, we will advertise them with more details.

For more details on any of these events please email 50years@samcbh.org.uk