Kingsfold Methodist Church
Kingsfolds' Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
It was lovely, on our Diamond Anniversary weekend, to get a congratulatory message from our “mother church”, Penwortham Methodist.
A letter, from their church secretary Graham Turner, read to the anniversary congregation, expressed the hope that our whole weekend’s celebrations would be a great success and much enjoyed. He recalled there were still a number of members at Penwortham Methodist, himself included, who remembered the small group of workers who decided to act as “missionaries” and establish a “daughter” church to support the growing community in the Kingsfold area in the 1950s.
“May this be a time of tremendous outreach for the local community” he added “and another opportunity to proclaim and demonstrate God’s love to others”.
Several members of Penwortham Methodist also helped in our Community Fun Day and came to our anniversary lunch, which .was much appreciated as we look to strengthen our inter-church links in the coming months.
A Special Award
The one surviving person from that “missionary” group, who has been in contInual membership at Kingsfold for its whole 60 years, Barbara Beardsworth, was honoured at our Jubilee service.
Guest preacher, the Rev Paul Davis, sprang a surprise on her when he presented Barbara with an inscribed certificate and bouquet of flowers, reminding the congregation of her huge commitment to this church over the years as: Sunday School teacher, church steward, catering chief for monthly lunches, pastoral visitor, organist, and founder leader of the church choir among many other activitivities
For our Diamond Jubilee service on the Sunday we were privileged to have the Rev Paul Davis, our Lancashire Methodist District chair, as preacher – and Paul was once again in top form! With him being a former minister here we are perhaps tempted to take Paul for granted. He and his wife Elizabeth were with us for the Fun Day and the celebratory lunch as well.
The three-course lunch laid on by our own ladies in the Youth Hall was a magnificent occasion, with all the trimmings. Other invited guests included the Mayor and Mayoress of Penwortham, Coun Keith Martin, and his consort, former assistant minister, Deacon Ellen Winstanley, of Leyland, and friends from our “mother church”, Penwortham Methodist. We also had a lovely anniversary cake, donated by Rev Katharine Bland.
An exhibition of old photographs and reports lining both sides of the Youth Hall also proved a big attraction, bringing back memories of people and occasions of long ago. What a variety! Thank you to everyone who lent us precious pictures.
There were also copies of the very first Kingsfolders from the 1960s – although they were called The Broadcaster in those days, editor John Beardsworth. And, because not everyone has had an opportunity, yet, to look them over, it is proposed to keep them on display a little longer.
And, what has made it even more amazing, is that even though the whole anniversary weekend was put on without charge to its participants (all for free!) it has cost the Church nothing – thanks to the generosity of many people.