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60 anniversary

A packed house celebrated the CTSD’s 60th anniversary on 
Sunday 19 October.

Churches Together extended a warm welcome to friends near and far to commemorate sixty years of ecumenical life, worship and service, meeting at Spalding Grammar School (PE11 2XH) where the Council of Churches first met, in the school library, on 16 February 1954.

Main picture, left to right: Ven Tim Barker, Rev Tony Kinnersley, Rev Peter Garland, Rev Steve Weatherly Barton, Rev Ian Walters, Pastor Kevin Taylor, John Hayes MP, Pastor Chas Sandhu, Rev Robert Sheard, Rev Dennis Brady, Rev Anthony Walker, Rev Alan Barker, Rev David Newlove, Rev David Curran and Rev John Bennett.

Welcomed by Kevin Taylor, guest speaker The Venerable Tim Barker, Archdeacon of Lincoln, former clergy chair of CTSD and current Chair of Churches Together in All Lincolnshire, drew on a rich variety of memories from Spalding and his early ministry to the delight of the massed congregations.

The opening greeting was given by Rev John Bennett (far right) in his capacity of chair of Governors.

A lesson was read by John Hayes MP, prayers by Rev Ian Walters and Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton.

Rev Anthony Walker's contribution was warmly applauded in recognition of his quarter century of ministry here.

Hymns and songs were led by the musicians of Spalding Baptist church and sound & projection was by courtesy of SHCC.  The Order of Service is available for download at the bottom of this page.

Further contributions from Bob Earl, reading Psalm 133 and displays illustrating ecumenical ministries including Street Pastors, the Agapecare Foodbank, the new chaplaincy and many archive pictures added to the celebrations.

The ministers of each church signed the 2014 Covenant and after a lengthy exchange of the Lord's Peace and closing hymn, the congregations retired
to the Lighthouse church for refreshments.

Most of the images on the slideshow (extract, right) at the celebration at Spalding Grammar School and again during refreshments at the Lighthouse Church may be found throughout this website, notably within the Archive News pages.  Contact us for more on the slideshow (35MB)

Lincolnshire Free Press
: article (r) published on 29 September 2014 notes the past work of Churches Together and the continuing need for God's people to come together to show the practical love of God in the community.

Spalding Voice: article published on 21 October 2014 records the day's celebrations: "Over 100 people celebrated Churches Together in Spalding and District’s 60th anniversary on Sunday..."

Sixty years of welcoming each other in love, ministry, worship and service

See also: Archives 

Ecumenical Matters,
20 Oct 2014, 14:19