March 23, 2009
church to mark its 150th year with a week of celebrations
John's Church in Highbridge is to celebrate the 150th year since
its consecration with a week of events in June to mark the milestone.
celebrations will begin on Saturday June 13th with a Victorian
Children's Tea Party that will be open to all youngsters.
An exhibition of Highbridge life from many local organisations
and businesses will be open throughout the week during the afternoons.
Monday June 15th, the church's wedding and baptism records will
be on show, giving visitors a chance to share memories of weddings
and baptisms over the years.
Coastline Singers will perform their latest selection of dance-themed
music during a special concert on Tuesday 16th June - and this
will be followed on Wednesday
June 17th by Alan Cook, the Diocesan Music Advisor, and past organist
of St Johns Church, leading an evening of music, stories
June 18th will see a special celebration of 'Old Highbridge' being
held, which will give visitors a rare chance to see historical
slides shown by June Thomas.
special youth event is being planned for Friday June 19th and
on Saturday June 20th the annual church summer fayre will be held
at St John's School.
culmination of the celebrations will be held on Sunday June 21st
when a Service of Thanksgiving will be led by the Bishop of Taunton,
followed by a 'bring and share lunch' when churchgoers will get
an opportunity to come and meet the Bishop. In the afternoon there
will also be a 'Songs of Praise' service.
church would like to encourage anybody who has had a connection
to the church over the years to come and help us celebrate. Come
along and take part, share your experiences and contribute your
ideas to future plans," Derick Cooper, one of the organisers,