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Bromley Methodist Church celebrates silver jubilee

PUBLISHED: 13:30 08 October 2015 | UPDATED: 13:30 08 October 2015

Twins Sarah and Hannah at the foundation stone

Twins Sarah and Hannah at the foundation stone

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Nearly 200 people were in attendance

Laying of the foundation stoneLaying of the foundation stone

Nearly 200 people attended the silver jubilee of Bromley Methodist Church on Sunday.

Members from the past and present visited the church on College Road, as it celebrated it’s 25th anniversary.

Among the attendees were twins Sarah Smith and Hannah Arnold (nee Tinson) who as toddlers helped lay the foundation stone of the church in 1989.

The congregation began worshipping at the site in the summer of 1990, before the church was officially opened that October.

The former Methodist church had stood on Holwood Road, but was demolished to make room for the Glades shopping centre, now the intu shopping centre.

The 25th anniversary was celebrated by members reviving an old tradition of wearing a buttonhole.

Previous ministers, deacons and preachers of the church were in attendance, with former reverend of the church, Reverend John Bown saying the church was “very much alive”.

“That’s shown by the numbers of young families and children at the church today, there is more to the life of a church than just bricks and mortar.”

Current minister, Reverend Karen George said: “It was a fantastic day involving everyone from the youngest to the oldest people in the celebrations

“It was amazing to see the range of talents and skills within the congregation as they worked together to celebrate the 25th anniversary in style,”

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