200 Years of Congregational Witness in Lewes

Christ Church celebration

Christ Church celebration

Over the weekend of the 26th November the celebration of 200 Years of Congregational Witness in Lewes started.  On the Saturday night there was a lovely meal shared by members and friends and culminated in the cutting of the special anniversary cake.

After the meal we saw a video that img_0528was put together to show events much earlier in the life of the church.  The cake has an icing picture of the Tabernacle which was opened 200 years ago on 6th November, 1816.  The Tabernacle was a splendid, imposing building that could hold upwards of a 1000 worshippers.  It is said that a typical congregation in the 1850s would be 500 in the morning and 550 in the evening.  This congregation later became known as Lewes Congregational Church.

The history of Christ Church, Lewes

The history of Christ Church, Lewes

By 1954 the congregation had become too small for such a large church and the decision to sell it and build a modern church on the outskirts of the town was made.  In 1972 the church became the Lewes URC, and in 1999 when it linked with the Methodists it became Christ Church … the name it still sports today.  The story of the splits and mergers throughout the ages was shown diagrammatically in a magnificent outline of a fish.

 

The weekend celebrations were concluded with a service of worship and communion led by the minister Revd John Gordon where I preached the sermon.

Yours in Christ,

Alan

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