North Somerset church marks 60 years since consecration

PUBLISHED: 14:00 04 June 2018

Celebration of Christchurch in Pill. Picture: Eddy Martin

Celebration of Christchurch in Pill. Picture: Eddy Martin

Eddy Martin

A memorial service has been held at a Pill church to mark 60 years since its consecration having been bombed in World War Two.

Celebration of Christchurch in Pill. Picture: Eddy Martin Celebration of Christchurch in Pill. Picture: Eddy Martin

Christchurch, in Church Place, burned to the ground on January 16, 1941 after it was hit by an incendiary bomb.

The church was rebuilt in a modern style and was consecrated on May 23, 1958 to allow for Christian worship.

During the rebuilding process the congregation continued to worship at the church rooms in Station Road for 17 years.

People of Pill, Easton-in-Gordano and Portbury enjoyed a service to celebrate the special anniversary.

The Bishop of Taunton, Rev Ruth Worsley and incumbent Rev Astrid Tiesema-Samsom attended the service which saw more than 120 people from the Baptist, Methodist and Salvation Army churches fill the celebratory church.

This is the third special service to be held in the church, the first to mark 50 years since the consecration in May 2008 and in January 2016 there was a service to remember the 75th anniversary of the bombing of the original church.

The Pill Salvation Army band and Matt and Sarah Spencer from the Portbury congregation provided lively music for the visitors.

Children from the village’s Crockerne Primary School sang songs, with some doing them in sign language.

After the event, people were invited to attend a part at the Pill Community Centre afterwards where food and drinks were served.

Churchwarden Jennie Baker described the service as ‘most inspirational’


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