Annie Hughes at Midway 30th Anniversary Party

Lunch scenePast and present members of Midway sat down to enjoy a 30th Anniversary Lunch on 11th December and reminisced on 30 years since their beginning in 1984. (See previous post)

Special guestsSue Clegg tells us what happened on the day:

“Margaret Hopkinson and Adele Cheatle shared how the Midway group’s commencement was to fill a gap in the women’s groups in order to provide discipleship and fellowship.   It was also hoped that the group  might draw in new Christians following ‘Mission England’ (A Billy Graham Crusade in May 1984 including a rally at Villa Park).

“One original member remembered and told me that: “Initially, the meetings were in the Barn”.

“That’s a suitable thought and memory for this Advent season, as pictures of stables adorn many cards plopping through our letterboxes. Simple beginnings but profound effects. How many of you remember the ‘Barn’, and its use? It was situated, along with a Games Room behind the curate`s house which used be in Station Road.  The barn and games room (which have since been demolished, and the house sold) was used by the youth and others as a resource and overflow from the church building.

“Back to the reminiscing … 
Photographs from previous events provided enjoyment, as those present identified people and the stories behind them.
Pottery painting, crafts, singing, outings, fun and fellowship, were highlighted as the story of Midway unfolded.
Greetings came from as far away as the Perthshire Highlands as Maureen Prett sent a message and shared her story of both the fun and serious side of Midway. Memories and special moments are rare occasions worth remembering.

Annie Hughes“To complete our wonderful time together we were delighted to welcome Annie Hughes amongst us who encouraged the value of prayer as a spark of light in this Christmas Season. She updated us on family members, and even told us that one grandson had asked whether Annie was older than Father Christmas or God!

“Annie went on to encourage Midway as a faithful praying group, praying for friends, family and the church, and told us not to give up.  She illustrated this by telling us how her own mother had faithfully prayed for a nephew who had not been heard of since walking out aged 17.  He recently turned up at her care home, along with his own children, some 20 years later.

“The story reminds me of Anna, Simeon, and Elizabeth and Zechariah, who all trusted that we have a faithful God whose purposes will be worked out, as we also are faithful in worship and prayer.”  (Luke 1:11-14; 41-43 and Luke 2:21-38)








18th Dec 2014 Posted in: News, St John's Stories by Stella Jennings 0

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