Fenland church celebrates tenth anniversary
Ten years after being threatened with closure, a church has celebrated a decade of hard work and success.
The Fenlands Church in Station Road, Tydd Gote, marked its ten year anniversary with a special event attended by more than 90 people.
In 2005, the congregation at Tydd Gote Chapel, as the church was then called, had dwindled to just six members and was at risk of closing its doors.
But then Dave Chapman and his wife Jenny, from Peterborough, were invited to come and lead the struggling church.
Together with three other couples from Peterborough, they moved to the area and began to work with the remaining congregation.
New people joined, and the church now has a congregation of about 60 people, including children.
The ten year anniversary celebration, held on Sunday, November 1, began with a celebratory meal at the Elme Hall Hotel.
Afterwards, a service of thanksgiving was held at the church, before members old and new enjoyed an evening of music from Lighter Shades of Blue, a hog roast and a bonfire and fireworks.
There was a double cause for celebration on the evening too, as it was also Dave and Jenny Chapman’s 50th wedding anniversary.
Church member Gill Wilson said: “It was a wonderful day and we are grateful to God for all his goodness to us over the last ten years.”
The church meets every Sunday at 10.45am for workship and teaching, and activities for children, and on Wednesdays during term-time, it holds Karla’s Kafe from 10.30pm to 1pm, with hot drinks, soup and cheese on toast.
The Kafe is followed by Play and Chat from 1pm, when pre-school children and their parents and carers meet.