100 years of Worship at Whitstone
Our Celebrations on Sunday 18th May started with our morning service at 11.00 a.m. which was led by Rev Rob Dickenson, although Rob is best known for his Anglican ministry alongside the support of his wife Sue, it was at Whitstone that he started his preaching career and so it seemed fitting to invite him back. His service reminded us that although it was the anniversary of the building the church is about the people, the living stones of our Christian community. Lessons were read by Hester Hallett, John Mill and Phoebe Medland. Lessons that highlighted encounters with God, where God's spirit is given to chosen people to enhance and spread the Word into the community of the time and how that is still the case today. The collection amounted to £341.50p
There was then a Traditional Tea at 5.00pm in the Sunday school where memorabilia had been collected and displayed to show the history and events which had taken place at our chapel throughout it's lifetime. Mr Peter Daniel then led a time of Community hymn singing and Mr Justin Uglow was the organist. Peter has been preaching for 50 years and often at Whitstone. He has also been involved with the maintenance of our chapel building so has nurtured Whitsone Chapel both inside and outside!
The Evening Concert at 7.00p.m. was led by The Torbay Gospelaires who arranged a programme of music, with readings taking from the Word of God with the theme of Jesus asking questions of people around him in different situation and how their answers proved their faith. It is faith which has kept our Chapel open for 150 years and will continue to do so in the future. This was followed by further fellowship and supper in the sunday school. There was no charge for the tea but a donation box collected £188.80p The collection amounted to £277.23.
Thanks go to everyone who worked hard to make it such a successful day and to those who came along to support us. The vision and zeal of those early Methodists needs to be our vision for the future.
Mrs Janet Barriball led an enjoyable but meaningful Family worship service on Sunday August 23rd
based on the theme of the Creation and how God created a perfect world but how man had messed
it up! The children and Mervyn Uglow had great fun in making their own creation, Janet had made
individual trifles for the children to decorate with squirty cream,chocolate buttons, sprinkles and jelly babies.
She explained how if she threw mud over them all she would have spoilt their creations just as man spoils God
creation, but that was part of the plan because that is why God sent Jesus to our world.
Unfortunately the picnic which was planned to follow the service had to take place in the Sunday School
as it was too wet to go outside but the weather did not stop fun and fellowship together.