Terrington St John Methodist Church celebrates 200th anniversary

Rev William Hinson

Rev William Hinson - Credit: Archant

ABOUT 70 people gathered at Terrington St John Methodist Church to celebrate its 200th anniversary.

Church members, ministers and villagers took part in a service led by Rev David Ely, superintendent of the Methodist Fens Circuit.

The preacher was Rev Canon Graham Thompson, chairman of the East Anglia District of the methodist church.

Kenneth Wilson, church steward, said: “It was a proud moment. Many people from the village and a large delegation of minister joined us for the service and afterwards everybody enjoyed a buffet and had a great time together.

“We are only a small church with nine members but we felt, considering it was our 200th anniversary, we should make a splash.”

Rev John Garfoot, 96, who was minister at the church in 1951, attended the celebrations.

Memorabilia was on display including a copy of an indenture dated December 16 1813 which assigned the land on Ely Row, where the church already stood, to the Methodist Church.

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Rev William Hinson, a minister mentioned in the indenture, was connected with the Bible Society action group in Wisbech, who also marked their 200th Anniversary with a service at Trinity Methodist Church, Wisbech, last week.

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