Howden Methodist Church News
Howden Methodist Church News
There is a lot going on at this time. The church Anniversary is coming up soon and this is always a joyful event. Another year gone, and despite pesimistic predictions 2 to 3 years ago, we are still here!! We praise God for that. He keeps sending new people that join us, stay and become active church members.
A potted church history.
"The first Sunday School building was erected in 1842, on the land where our premises now stand. The 'Chapel house' at the gate was just behind the present railings which looked out onto Hailgate, the house was demolished along with the old Sunday School premises. The foundation stones to the present building we worship in were laid on 27th June 1923. The plans for the new school building were drawn up by Messrs. Chambers & Mitchell of Howden.
The building we now worship in had extensive alterations which cost £4500 - The opening and dedication of the new 'Howden Methodist Church' was on 12th May 1971 at 4pm.
Our Grandfather Mr Arthur Ward, Senior Trustee, was given the keys to open the door and the service of dedication was conducted by the Rev Peter Kerridge, Chairman of the York and Hull District. The sermon was preached by the Rev John Jackson (of Nottingham) who had previously been a minister at Howden. Later on in his ministry Rev John Jackson was well known for his programme on BBC Radio called 'It was on a Monday morning'.
After the service a tea folowed in The Shire Hall, Market Place Howden - then an evening Rally where Rev Jackson was the Chairman.
The Hymns were All people that on earth do dwell - Our father by whose servant our house was built of old - Spirit Devine attend our prayers - O thou that camest from above - Captain of Israel's host, and guide.
It was through a Baptist minister called Rev Dr Bebb who lived in Howden , suggested one winters night we worship in the Sunday School room (where coffee is now served). The wooden pulpit rail was carried across from the church , a reading desk with a cloth - and seats placed around it. Every one commented how much more better it was worshipping in a small area, as well as being considerably warmer. It was from this point that the work and the planning started to move the church congregation where morning and evening worship is now held.
The old church with a gallery balcony, which stood where the car park presently is was demolished somewhere about 1970? The pipe organ was removed, re-built and used in a church at Sheffield."
Anne & Elizabeth (Ward)
We are going to have a new kitchen fitted by HOWDEN JOINERY, the work starts in July and will provide us with a lot of new facilities which our very basic existing one just doesn't. The old kitchen has served us well though, but when you are trying to produce 70 meals it just does not cut it.
our Minister The Rev Sue Pegg is fit again following her hip operation and hopefully is back on 'full active service' very shortly.
We have welcomed an Autism Care Home to use the church as a venue for inter home social events. The groups envisage music, dance and a meal during which those in care can meet other people from nearby homes. We hope to give detail of their inaugral meeting soon. Autism affects a lot of families that have members on the low end of the spectrum. Sometimes its difficult to understand what goes on in their lives at times and it might be nice for affected parties to chat to an experience carer working in the field of Autism to gain some insight.
Some of our congregation mentioned that they had difficulty getting in and out of chairs that were 'armless' our chairs were deemed armfull by them. We bought 8 chairs that were fully armed and they are deployed amongst the existing ones :-) Do come and try one out for comfort soon.
Following our Howden leaflet drop we secured a lot of visitors to the church and a few of them stayed on to become regular attenders. We praise God for sending them and pray for the return of the ones that for whatever reason didn't stay.
The Cross lighting seems to have had another gremlin attack it. One theory is that whilst building the new houses opposite the church, the mains was turned on and off a few times and the 'spikes' generated by that, blew our LEDs. We are looking at replacing the LEDs for the third time [its not easy the cross is held together by over a hundred mico self tapping screws] and thanks to a helpful suggestion fitting an anti surge protection device to the 12volt supply will prevent this damage happening again.