To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Clitheroe United Reformed Church building
in Castlegate, Rev. Michele Jarmany, the Elders and members were delighted to
welcome the Reverend Alan Gaunt.
A well-known and respected hymn writer, Rev. Gaunt was ordained at the Clitheroe church as a young man and spent the first seven years of his ministry there. He kindly composed a special hymn for this occasion.
The anniversary service was attended by the Mayors of Clitheroe and Ribble Valley, leaders of other local churches and a large congregation of members and friends.
In his address, Rev Gaunt shared happy memories of his Clitheroe days and went on to reflect on “The Rock stands, the river flows”. He referred to the rock which the church shares with the castle, both being built on that same rock, and the flowing of time through which so many people have been involved with the church community.
In the church there was a fascinating display of historical documents relating to the history and development of the building and community and also displays of photos, recalling many generations of worship and fellowship, right up to the present day.
There are still opportunities to view the exhibition at the church’s weekly Tuesday lunchtime services and on Saturday June 1st, which is the church’s next monthly Books and Bric-a-brac sale and church café, open 11 am to 3 pm. All are welcome.