Church prepares to mark centenary

PLANS are well underway for celebrations to mark the centenary of St John the Divine Church in Furness Vale.

A flower festival on June 16 and 17 will start the festivities and the church will be open from 11.30am to 7.30pm on June 16 and from 11.30am to 6pm on June 17.

The theme for the Flower Festival will be A Year of Praise.

A Songs of Praise service will be held at the church on June 17 at 6.30pm.

As well as the flower festival, at the same time there will also be a history exhibition on 100 years of village life, in the church hall.

Refreshments will be available including sandwiches, cakes and tea and coffee.

On Wednesday June 20, there will be a celebration service with the Bishop of Chester at 7.30pm.

A special long-table lunch will take place on Friday June 22 at noon when everyone is invited to dress up in any costume which may have been worn over the last 100 years. The lunch costs £6.50.

On Sunday June 24, a family service with special guest Roly Bain the Clown will take place at 11am.

Chapel Male Voice Choir is set to perform a concert at the church on Friday July 13 at 7.30pm.

Members of the congregation have been busy creating a banner marking the centenary which will be hung in the church hall.