St Saviour’s Centenary Year
What a wonderful week-end!
The climax of our centenary celebrations was everything we hoped it would be and more!
The church looked magnificent with the beautiful floral displays; the history exhibition was fascinating; the Service of Thanksgiving was full of joyful worship and Bishop Stephen’s address was inspirational.
The floral displays which adorned the church were simply splendid, so a big thank you to all those, both church members and those from local floral groups who gave of their time and energy to help to make our building absolutely stunning, and to Patrick for the exhibition about the church history. Many of us also enjoyed the practical demonstrations of the art of floral arranging on Friday and Saturday afternoon.
On Sunday it was lovely to welcome back former clergy and church wardens and so many other visitors. These included the beavers, cubs and scouts of the 6th Westcliff Scout Group ( St. Michael's - St. Saviours ), reminding us that it is indeed a joint churches organisation, even though they meet at St Michael’s, and usually parade there.
After the 10 am Service of Thanksgiving, over 100 members and guests, including the Bishop, enjoyed a superb celebration buffet lunch, including a centenary cake, and drank a toast to the next 100 years.
A big thank you to all those who contributed to the week-end in any way. There are too many to mention by name, but we are especially grateful to all those who organised the celebration lunch and decorated the hall so beautifully, stewarded the exhibitions and manned the café. It was a truly memorable week-end and a fitting way to both bring our centenary celebrations to a close and to inaugurate the second century of our parish.
Thank you all so much.