A weekend of community celebration took place at Golborne and Lowton Methodist Church this weekend to mark its incredible 150 year history.
The Methodist Church, on Heath Street, Golborne, was built in 1871 and has been a key landmark in the community ever since.
To honour the 150 year anniversary, the church opened its doors to the community and held a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Saturday, 4 September 2021, followed by a fun ‘Messy Church’ session for children.
People of all ages flocked to the event, where they could enjoy tea and cakes whilst swapping their memories and stories of weddings, Christenings, funerals and community events hosted at the church during their lifetimes – and beyond, in some cases!
The music for the event was provided by the excellent Golborne Brass Band, who also offered everyone the chance to try an instrument for themselves!
Children were kept more than entertained with the creative activities on offer at Messy Church, which included making pom pom creatures, scarecrow collages, fish puppets, yummy posh bagels and finger painting. There was even face painting and a bouncy castle to add to the party atmosphere!
Sunday, September 5 saw the church hold a ‘cafe style’ Harvest thanksgiving and 150th celebration service, led by Deacon Tom Luke. Children from Heath Street’s Sunday School also took a starring role, performing the ‘Harvest Samba’ and showing off a timeline full of inventions and innovations in the the 150 year lifetime of the church.
Everyone at the service enjoyed a good sing along as they shared their memories – and the occasion was all the more special because of all the restrictions which have prevented such gatherings over the past year and a half.
The history of Heath Street Methodist Church
The Methodist Church was built in 1871 – but due to the scarcity of cameras in those days, there are no pictures of it from that year!
Over the past 150 years it has held many celebrations such as weddings and Christenings as well as community events. It has offered comfort to those in need, hosted funerals and services of remembrance.
Heath Street Methodist has also been a place where the most vulnerable in our community can go to receive support and comfort. It’s also a place where local children have come to have fun. In all, there are a lot of memories built up in those walls!
In 2000, the church was extensively refurbished, giving it a lighter, brighter, more modern feel.
These days, Heath Street Methodist Church remains a vital part of the local community – and is a place where young and old alike can get together.
What else is on at Heath Street Methodist Church?
Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, the church’s The Gathering Place café welcomes people to come along and enjoy a drink, a cake and some company. Drop in any time between 9 – 11am.
They also host their ‘Messy Church’ sessions for children of all ages three or four times a year.
The church holds an all age worship every Sunday at 11am.
Helping people in the local community
The church is also integral in supporting local people in need – and particularly throughout the pandemic. Heath Street Methodist has its own food bank, with donations welcome on Friday mornings. It also provides help for asylum seekers who are resettling in the local area.