John Coward presents Dalton Mayor, Councillor Nick Perie, with a jotter to celebrate the 150th anniversary year of Dalton Community Church’s Market Street building.
Some of the congregation gather together with our minister, Rev Zena Smith, after the Carol Service to publicise our ‘Buy a Block’ initiative. This is where people can donate £2 to ‘buy’ a concrete block which will help to build a new wall along the back of the church as part of our refurbishment. With each donation we are building a colourful paper wall so we can see how far we have progressed towards our 900 block target. Any donations of £2 (or more) greatly appreciated.
The Thursday Club Christmas Party went with a swing – thanks once again to Mary and Reg for their singing
The performance by Furness Churches United Choir, in which they sang the musical ‘Stargazers’ (by Roger Jones) as well as other carols and Christmas poems, raised £232 for the Furness Homeless Support Group. The photos show Alan, who works the sound system for us, the instrumentalists, and various members of the choir and the audience.
This month the Rotary Club of Furness Peninsular have kindly used their ‘Red Apple Fund’ (which is contributed to by members at their meetings) to give a cheque for £50 to Thursday Club. The money will be used to pay for the Christmas party. The picture shows Ann Hufton receiving a cheque on behalf of Thursday Club from John McGill
Here we are at Thursday Club ‘enjoying’ our chair-based exercises!! Steve recently took over as our instructor and we are grateful to him for trying to keep us in good shape!
We did have great fun on our Evening of Fun! We enthusiastically played various table games before tucking into, and generally eating too much from, the ‘bring and share’ supper. Special thanks to Sarah Johnston who ended the evening with a short presentation about the World Scout Jamboree last summer. £120 was donated to our church refurbishment fund.
The Autumn concert given by the Ghyll Singers was a great success. The varied programme of folk song, a medley from the Sound of Music, a madrigal by Orlando Gibbons, among many other local and international songs was received by a very appreciative audience. We were also treated to piano, euphonium and organ solos from James Madden and Mark Latimer who can be seen in the picture alongside the choir and the Mayor of Dalton, Nick Perie.
Our church windowsills are now decorated for the harvest season. Various members and friends of our congregation showed their creativity in reflecting different aspects of harvest through their displays – many thanks to them.
Holiday Club at Dalton Community Church
Great fun is being had at our summer holiday club – the activities are based around stories from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.
Songs of praise service
The weather wasn’t kind to us so we had to have our Songs of Praise inside this year. Nonetheless it was a great time of worship and during the refreshments which followed there was a good deal of animated chatter! Many thanks to Dalton Town Band, all who helped in organising the service and the refreshments- and also to those who did the washing up 😁
New Dalton Mayor, Councillor Nick Perie, whose Civic Service was recently held at Dalton Community Church, receives a Bible from The Gideons, presented by Mr Bob Mantle
Thursday Club Furness Abbey Walk
Despite an indifferent morning, the sun came out in the afternoon for Thursday Club’s trip to Furness Abbey. We enjoyed a gentle stroll round the ruins before ending up eating ice creams! Many thanks to Brenda for being our Guide and telling us all sorts of interesting information about the life and times of the Abbey before the Dissolution.
Our celebration of 150 years of worship in our Market Street building continued with a special celebratory service on March 24th – exactly 150 years plus 1 day from the first service being held there. The panoramic photo captures all who were there (except for Tim who kindly took the photo!). Following the service we enjoyed a pie and peas meal and our favourite-cake!
Two prayer reflections at our 150th exhibition
Some of the displays and artefacts at our ‘150 years of worship at Market Street’ exhibition on March 2nd
Some of the visitors to our exhibition
Elvis tribute act
Some of those who were at Thursday Club when Margaret Harrison (pictured at the piano) took us through songs down the ages in her ‘Keep on Singing’ talk. We sang folk songs, music hall items, Vera Lynn, Cliff Richard and ABBA songs to mention just a few.
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We were pleased to accept four people into full membership of our church during morning worship- and we celebrated in our usual style with cake alongside our usual refreshments.
Coffee and Carols
Our Coffee and Carols was again a great success-we sang along to music by Dalton Town Band and there was also a chance to think about Christmas and light a candle as a blessing for ourselves or others
Thursday Club members playing ‘Hat Bingo’ which involved wearing a hat until one of your numbers were called!
The new banner that Christians in Dalton and the surrounding area will be using at events was used for the first time at ‘What does Christmas mean to you?’ which took place at Dalton Community Centre recently.
Community Advent Calendar
Advent is creeping nearer and so it won’t be long before our Community Advent Calendar is once again being shown in the windows of David Atkinson’s Car Sales showrooms(by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Atkinson). This year the advent calendar will be based on letters of the alphabet. Twenty four Community groups are currently making their pictures-the photo shows members of the church’s prayer group putting the finishing touches to E is for Emmanuel which will be displayed on December 5th.
Christmas Shoe Boxes
Preparing the Christmas shoe boxes before packing
Our Christmas Shoe Boxes are now ready for collection along with some hand knitted blankets which will also go to Romania. Members of Thursday Club look over the 32 boxes which have been filled this year using donations of items and money from both Church and Thursday Club members. Many thanks to all who helped with this venture in any way.
Flashbacks … to times with Jesus
Flashbacks … to times with Jesus was held recently at Dalton Community Church with just over one hundred year 3 and year 4 children from George Romney, Our Lady of the Rosary and Dalton St Mary’s schools attending. They took part in a variety of crafts and experiences all based on events which happened in Jesus’ life. The pictures show children from Dalton St Mary’s school. An ecumenical team of helpers made the whole event run smoothly.
A very enjoyable Prize Bingo evening raised more than £200 for our refurbishment fund. Many thanks to Freda for organising it for us. Photos show some of those who attended.
Sunday Serenade was a great success. Pictures show Margaret Harrison at the piano with her husband Keith (who contributed some singing to the event), and Margaret at the organ. She played a wide variety of music from classical to ABBA! The other pictures show some of those who attended who enjoyed both the music and the afternoon tea style refreshments.
90th Birthday Girls
We celebrated two ninetieth birthdays at church today – in our usual way – with cake!! Pictured is Angie who organised the celebrations along with our Birthday Girls, Cath and Marion.
We like our cake for celebrations (!) and today after morning worship we were celebrating that the Borough planning committee had passed our plans for the refurbishment of our Market Street premises. Now we can look forward to having 21st century facilities not only for Sunday mornings but as an amenity used by the local community the whole week through.
Dalton Town Band
There was a great atmosphere at our Coffee and Carols on December 23rd. First members of the training band of Dalton Town Band entertained us until more Band members appeared. People especially enjoyed shaking bells or shaking their key rings to provide a bit of percussion in the chorus of Jingle Bells.
Our Nativity Service with the Cubs and Beavers was delightful-many thanks to them for coming and telling the story of Jesus’s birth.
Furness Churches United Choir
Furness Churches United Choir who gave a well received performance of the Christmas musical ‘While Shepherds Watched’ (by RogerJones) at the church on December 14th. Almost £200 for the refurbishment fund was raised on the night through donations. Thanks to all who supported this event in any way.
Flower arrangements done especially for the concert.
We were pleased to receive these posters and painted stones for our Remembrance Day Service which were done by 6th Duddon Beavers and Cubs
Romanian Aid Helpers
Craft Fair and Coffee Morning
Autumn Allsorts 2017
Brass Band Evening
Great concert by Dalton Band featuring music from all over the world and music with a winter theme. Flower arrangement in Church, band with their conductor, Mark Latimer, some of the audience.
Thursday Club go to an Art Exhibition
Diamond Wedding Anniversary
Martin and Ritas Pie and Peas!!
Martin and Rita Williams getting their pie and peas supper before Martin talked about their visit to Oberammergau in 2010 at our Agape meal on July 22