Press Release from Dave Partridge at Corringham Evangelical Church
A church in Corringham is looking forward to celebrating its centenary in a few weeks’ time.
Corringham Evangelical Church opened its building, on Fobbing Road, in 1914 amidst the start of World War 1. Built at a cost of £xxx, the church opened its doors as part of the Peculiar People, a Christian denomination that had its roots in Essex, Kent and East London.
Now one hundred years on the church are preparing to celebrate their anniversary with a weekend of special events.
Celebrations start on Friday 17 October, when there will be an evening of comedy and magic hosted by Steve Legg, an internationally-renowned escapologist and magician who has featured on several television shows. As there is likely to be high demand for tickets the church has hired the hall of nearby Corringham Primary School for the evening.
On the afternoon of Saturday 18 October the church will host an exhibition of church and local history over the last 100 years, followed by a celebration service hosted by Brian Edwards, the former president of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches.
On the morning of Sunday 19 October there will be a Family Service involving our Junior Church, and then in the evening a traditional Peculiar People’s service will be held. Church services were very different 100 years ago, with men and women separated, a traditional dress code and no music played during the service. These services will be led by Ray Thurgood, a former minister of the church.
Spokesman, Dave Partridge, said, ‘Over the years we must have had literally thousands of local people visit and worship with us. We’re hoping to see many of them over our special weekend.’
The church actively invites anyone who is interested to come along to this weekend of events, and more information is available at http://www.corringhamevangelical.co.uk/100.
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