Come and join us on Friday 8th November, from 5.30-8.00pm for our Family Fireworks Night!
There will be a bouncy castle, a Wii games room, an area with toddler toys, plus other games to sit and play. We’ll also be seving food including burgers and hot dogs. There will be an all-age Bible message. About 6.45 (rough timings only!!) we will have a small fireworks display just outside the side door of the church. There will be sparklers for younger children (please bring gloves for your child(ren) if you want them to have a sparkler!).
everyone’s welcome and the event is free! Do come and join us! Use the side door round to the right of the church. If you have any questions, or for directions, click here.
Since The autumn of 2014, and on into May 2015 there was a major restoration project going on. The brick, which were 100 years old in 2014, were in need of cleaning, repair and even replacing in some cases. A local firm, Fullers, who specialise in restoration of historical buildings, did the work under the watchful eye of a conservation architect, Anthony Fensome.
Some of the stone work, which had been repaired with cement, was replaced with newly cut stones by Massey StoneMasons
We are grateful to God for the provision of funds to allow this work to be completed, and to all who worked on the building including our architect, Anthony, those from Fullers (Mark, Paul and Jamie!) and from other organisations including Masseys.
The focus of the work was on the worst affected areas and the most visible areas. The tower fitted both categories, and has now been returned to its former glory! Particular attention was paid to the edges of the building to give a pleasing silhouette
Some of the stonework was poorly fixed in years past, and needs replacing now. You can see a section of stone has been removed in the bottom part of this picture.
The church building, clad in scaffolding!
Orford Road from on high.
The very tip of the building! This stone needs mending too
Walthamstow’s other building projects in the background!
Some of the stone work around the windows needs mending. One stone has already been removed here.
Some bricks have been taken out as part of the inspection process. On the remaining bricks, you can see where the faces of the bricks have either fallen off or are about to.
In the autumn of 1874, a new church began near Boundary Road (read more here). The church grew and more space was needed. There was also a desire to be closer to the developing town of Walthamstow. So on 13th June 1914, our present building in Orford Road was opened! So 2014 was the centenary of the church worshipping in the building in Orford Road, and we took the opportunity to thank God for his faithfulness of those 100 years.
Over the weekend of the 14th and 15th June 2014, we held special services to thank God for his goodness to the church over 100 years. The Saturday saw a reunion thanksgiving service. We enjoyed seeing old members return to us, and lots of friendships were renewed. Thanks to everyone who helped with the tea for 160-170 people!! Roger Carswell spoke on the privilege of the church to spread the good news of Christ’s suffering, resurrection and the need for repentance leading to the forgiveness of sins.
Sunday morning’s anniversary service included a message on the significance of people, the significance of our service to the Lord and the significance of everyone who has been saved : an encouragement to us all! In the evening, around 250 to 300 people came to the Songs of Praise service. We were glad to be joined by other local churches (including the music group from Grove Hill Evangelical Church who accompanied our sung praise!), as well as some friends, neighbours and family members that were invited. Roger Carswell spoke for a third time, and spoke of why Christians sing … from when they are saved, through every part of life (including suffering) and into heaven itself! See the photos below.
We thank God for a great time together, for helpful Bible teaching, for all who came, for enabling many people in the church to serve together at this time. And we trust God will continue to use his Word in people’s lives!
One of the highlights of the weekend was serving together
There was plenty of washing up … and plenty of willing helpers
We were glad to have folk from other local churches with us, as well as neighbours, friends, family members and colleagues who had been invited.
It was certainly an uplifting and joyful occasion!
Roger Carswell spoke faithfully from the Bible about why Christians sing. They sing when they first come to know Jesus, and then even through suffering, and finally in heaven forevermore!
We gave thanks for God’s goodness to many, many people over the last 100 years
Jim read out a poem by an accountant who was there when the building was first erected. This ordinary Christian had written about trusting God through thick and thin, and how our God is a reliable, trustworthy God!
Ken introduced the song, “Knowing You, Jesus”. He had chosen it because Jesus means so much to him … one who is truly “my all, the best!”
We were grateful to the music group from Grove Hill who accompanied us for the more modern songs.
It was a joy to be together!
Alberta spoke of difficulties she had faced : the death of her husband, ill health and more. But through it all she was enabl;ed to rely on God. She spoke of how daily Bible reading had helped her remain focused on Jesus.
Worshipping God together!
It was great to spend time with members past and present over tea
The food was lovely, and there was plenty of it, even for 170 people!
There are displays and books to help people see how God has been at work in this building over many years
We cut this cake on the morning of the anniversary service, and have enjoyed eating it!
The Programme from the service marking the Opening of the Church in 1914
The inside of the building in 1914 … a sketch from a souvenir programme
A sketch of the building printed in a souvenir programme from 1914
This cake was cut at the reunion by our two longest serving members, Mrs June Stewart and Miss Doris Gazely