A large number of families and friends gathered together at Sturton-by-Stow Methodist Church at the weekend to celebrate 50 years since the church was opened in March 1964. On Saturday evening the Rev Mark Stennett introduced himself as the minister and gave a warm welcome to everyone and the entertainment group Degrees of Harmony. James Elvidge, as a steward and member of the group, also welcomed everyone and introduced their programme for the evening. Using guitars and CDs for their accompaniment, they sang a wide variety of songs including songs from Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat and other shows, humorous and inspiring with some audience participation.
In the interval James invited everyone to a delightful table-laden supper. During the refreshment interval visitors were able to browse the memorabilia and meet up with many friends, reminiscing about the past 40-50 years. The evening closed with the song Let There Be Peace on Earth concluding a most wonderful celebration with more happy memories for the future. A vote of thanks was proposed by Christine Bowler bringing the evening to a most successful conclusion. On Sunday morning there was another wonderful gathering of more friends and families when Christine Blackburn of Reepham conducted the service. Rousing hymns including Great is Thy Faithfulness and To God be the Glory were heartily sung with choruses Jesus’ love is very wonderful and Alleluia. After the service Dennis Gilbert (88) cut the celebration cake which had been made and decorated for the occasion by Alison Brownlow and everyone was invited to stay for coffee and refreshments and more reminiscing. The whole weekend had proved to be most successful and enjoyable and proceeds for church funds amounted to £705.
This will be celebrated at Sturton Methodist Church on Sunday 23rd March at 10.30am with a specially prepared service designed for all age groups. This will be followed by coffee and time for socialising among friends and families.