The foundation stone for St Laurence’s, was laid on March 8, 1958, and on May 13 parishioners celebrated the last 60 years.
Sarah Sykes said: “We were delighted to welcome several ecumenical guests and we were also pleased that some took up our request to send prayers to share.”
Over several weeks in Lent, parishioners voted on what their favourite hymn was. Votes went to over 50 different hymns, and the favourite one chosen was ‘Christ be our Light’ by Bernadette Farrell.
Amongst the service hymns, a selection of readings from the Bible, Julian of Norwich on love and thanksgiving, some poetry, prayers, and a short history of the church were sprinkled. Some of the children from St Laurence School Choir joined to sing and sign ‘We are the Church’ by Christopher Walker – a hymn they had learnt on a trip to the Cathedral in Norwich last year.
Sarah said: “Afterwards, we had a wonderful tea party organised served by the CWL and other volunteers. A slideshow of photos of St Laurence’s over the years, which had been collected from parishioners, was shown and brought back many happy memories.
“The whole congregation found the celebration to be an amazing time of prayer, praise and joy – a moving, prayerful occasion which uplifted everyone who came,” said Sarah.
Pictured above is the St Laurence’s Church 60th birthday Songs of Praise service.