Jubilee weekend for popular town church

SERVICES: Deacon Monk-Winstanley & Rev Gough
SERVICES: Deacon Monk-Winstanley & Rev Gough
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Donkey rides, bouncy castles and family games will mark the 50th anniversary of the present Kingsfold Methodist Church building opening in Penwortham.

Although the church was founded in 1958, it was run from a wooden hut in Hawskbury Drive until the congregation raised enough money for a brick building on the same site, which was dedicated in June 1964 by then District Chairman, the Rev Gordon Maland and opened by his wife.

To mark the anniversary, a weekend-long celebration will be held on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8, otherwise known as Pentecost, the birthday of the whole Christian Church.

On Saturday there will be a free-to-enter birthday party for the whole community in the grounds of the church, running from 1pm till 4pm.

It will feature rides, face painting, stalls, games and refreshments.

Church member Karen Rufus said: “This is our chance to show people who might never step through our doors what we are all about, and a brilliant opportunity to share our Christian faith with them.”

On Sunday there will be two special services with a celebratory lunch inbetween. For the morning service, starting at 10.30am, the church welcome back former minister, Deacon Ellen Monk-Winstanley, to lead an all-age worship.

At 2.30pm, popular Leyland minister, Rev Phil Gough, will lead another service.

Anyone willing to help manning stall, brewing up and washing up afterwards is asked to contact Karen on 01772 749193.