150 years and still going strong

St John’s celebrated the 150’s anniversary of the consecration of the building in 2019, in keeping with our fondness for celebrating we decided to mark our anniversary with a year of events.

We started with an Epiphany Party sitting down to a lovely meal from our social team and all enjoying a slice of anniversary cake especially made for the celebration.  Events continued with guests speakers; wine and cheese; coffee mornings; concerts and walking the original boundaries of the parish, including visiting the churches, or sites of Churches founded from St John’s.

Our usual events also took an anniversary twist with a Victorian Themed Summer Garden Party where lots of folks enjoyed dressing up in period costume.

The highlight of the year was our Flower Festival, where our own flower tea were joined by teams from other churches and local organisations to decorate the church marking the rich and varied history of the parish.

The anniversary year was not only about celebrating the past, but also looking to the future and the part the church community plays in the life of Kilingworth today and our hopes for the future.

At the close of our celebratory year we invited Dean Geoff Miller to preach at our Patronal festival in which he drew us back to our essential purpose as a church community to love God to love each other and to love and serve our neighbours and wider community.

You can read his full sermon by downloading this pdf

Gallery of our 150th Anniversary celebrations and Flower Festival

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