Churches celebrate milestones

CONGREGATIONS in Whitley Bay joined together for an Anniversary Songs of Praise last Sunday for two Roman Catholic churches.

The rafters rang at St Edward’s Church for its centenary anniversary while at the Immaculate Heart of Mary in West Monkseaton 50 years were celebrated.

All the Christian churches of Whitley Bay and district had been asked to nominate favourite hymns for the service, which also celebrated Pentecost, when the original apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit.

The Salvation Army band and the Praise Band from Whitley Bay Christian Fellowship led an hour of wholehearted singing.

Parish priest Father David Russell said at the service that the celebration went well beyond the double anniversary.

He said Pentecost was, in a sense, the birthday of the Christian church, and in Whitley Bay the tradition of the churches coming together to worship God and to be an active part of their local communities had a lot to be proud of, and a lot to look forward to.

He also mentioned the Good Friday service of witness in St Paul’s churchyard and the continuing social action projects set up by Churches Acting Together.

Canon Robin Greenwood, chairman of Whitley Bay Churches Together, also referred to the Street Pastors Project, due to go live on the streets of Whitley Bay later in the year and which was supported by all the local churches in the town.