St John's Church, Harpenden - Centenary celebrations

In 2008, St John's was 100 years old and we held a whole host of events for both the St John's Church family and the Parish.

January 27th We launched the book 'St John the Baptist Church - a Centenary Celebration'
March 2nd Consecration Day.  Our lovely church building was consecrated on March 2nd 1908. We commemorated this at the 9:30 All Age Eucharist and Mothering Sunday Service
June 20th - 22nd Flower Festival
June 24th St John the Baptist's Day.  To mark the burning of the 'Paper' Church and in thanksgiving for those who initiated the new building, the Bishop of St Albans led us in procession across Harpenden Common from the site of the first church building to the present day church, where we celebrated a Patronal Festival Eucharist
June 28th Centenary Fiesta Day.  A church fete took place on the Grove School playing field to share our celebrations with the people of Southdown
June 29th Songs of Praise.  We held a special afternoon service for the whole Community
October 4th Bring and Share Harvest Supper held to celebrate Charles Burch's first Eucharist



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Almighty and eternal God, we praise and thank you for the life and witness of this Church, dedicated to St John the Baptist, over the past one hundred years.  As we celebrate the faith and vision of the Rev'd William Colley and the congregation of the 'Paper' Church in leaving the past behind and reaching forward to build this House of Prayer, so we also recall the priests and people who have served in this place as witnesses to your truth and servants of your love.  We pray that, inspired by their example of faithfulness, we may cheerfully and with confidence continue in the service of the gospel and as ambassadors for Jesus Christ our saviour.    Amen

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