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 and we are marking our ‘Golden Year’ by having a year of celebrations.
We started by having our ‘Big Breakfast’ Harvest in support of ‘The Red Trust’ food bank, which was a great success as was our next event on Friday 12th of January when Revd Richard Lawson talked about his amazing experiences walking the Camino de Santiago pilgrim way. We all shared a typical pilgrim supper after the talk. Next up was Richard again with a ‘Sound of Music’ sing-along on Saturday 3rd February followed on Sunday 4th by a themed ‘Sound of Music’ service. Our friends from neighbouring Methodist churches were invited to these events. On Sunday 18th March, by popular demand we plan to have a Beetle Drive and on Saturday 14th April we will have an organ recital entitled ‘Music for Royalty’ by an organist who has played at many churches including St Pauls’ Cathedral. On Sunday 20th May, we plan to invite leaders of the regular users of the church to a tea party. On the tea theme, we will have a cream tea open day in the Wood’s garden in May, which will be open to church family and friends.

On Saturday 23rd June we will invite all past youth club members and their families to a lunch in the church hall with a bouncy castle for the children. This will be a great opportunity for everyone to see each other again after many years. As we near September, we hope to have a flower festival followed by Songs of Praise in July and in August, we may have a day out to Brighton. 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 attended by current and past members of St Andrews and as many Ministers as we can muster. The service will be followed by a barbecue party.

We 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.
• One idea which has not been discussed much is to build an extension to the front of the church to provide an attractive coffee lounge and meeting place and to make St Andrews more visible. We will explore feasibility, cost and enthusiasm for the project in the coming months.

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 click on ‘50 Years Events’ in the menu on the left of the screen.