Worshippers celebrate rededication
2:02pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
WORSHIPPERS in Charfield who succeeded in rescuing their beloved church from ruin against all odds came together to celebrate the small miracle.
Nearly 100 parishioners packed out the village's recently refurbished Congregational Church for a much-anticipated rededication service.
The congregation was forced to watch as the chapel fell into a terrible state of disrepair over the years. But in 2011, just when members were ready to give up hope to see it restored to its former glory, construction firm Woodstock Homes offered to give the building a £150,000 overhaul in exchange for the field next to the church.
Central heating and a state-of-the-art kitchen have now been fitted in the church and an office and storage space created. The small chapel also offers disabled access.
Church trustee John Waldock told the Gazette worshippers and guests came from far afield to attend the busy rededication service on Saturday, October 12.
"The service was terrific," he said. "There were about 90 people there, which was incredible as the church can only hold 100.
"The organ was played by Mrs Jean Sacker, who came down from Scunthorpe especially. She used to live in the area and attend Sunday school at the church when she was young and went on to become a Sunday school teacher and organist. We finished the afternoon with a finger buffet - and a lot of chatting."
He added: "The last time that this was done was in 1901, when Queen Victoria was still on the throne.
"This event, which has prompted a great deal of local interest, saw the end of a long process, from conception in 2007 to its fruition.”
Services are held every Sunday at 11am. Charfield Congregational Church also runs a Sunday school for primary school children.
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