St. Lawrence Bidborough celebrate 800 years

The church of St Lawrence, Bidborough was packed-out on Sunday 26th August, as Bishop James came to lead a service of thanksgiving to celebrate 800 years since the parish of St Lawrence was established in 1218

As part of the celebrations, a new choral setting for communion composed by a church member was sung by the choir; there were quiz balloons floating inside the church for the children, and an 800th birthday cake.

In his sermon Bishop James reflected on their patron, Saint Lawrence, and noted that the original meaning of martyr is, ‘one who bears witness to faith', reminding the congregation of our call to be witnesses in our own generation to the love of God.

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2018 is also a special anniversary year for Bidborough Cricket Club (125 years) and Bidborough W.I. and Bidborough Gardening Association (both 70 years’ old) and so despite the atrocious Bank Holiday weekend weather, everyone joined together after the service on the recreation ground for a magnificent Village Anniversary Fete.

Umbrella in hand, Bishop James officially opened the fete. The community choir sang, the dog show candidates put their best paws forward, and the fete went ahead with gallons of goodwill and hundreds of umbrellas.

In the church, a wonderful flower festival took place, celebrating significant events of the past 800 years, together with a display of old photos of the church and a collage of St Lawrence wedding and baptism photos from years gone by.

Those at the church say: “Having looked back in thankfulness, we now look ahead in hope and trust in our great God, who calls us to love and serve those around us.

“We have a project in the pipeline to add a small extension to the church with a toilet - we’ve only been waiting 800 years…- and to develop the south aisle for more flexible use; and with new parish changes ahead in our nearby town of Southborough we will continue to work together with local churches to play our part in the life of God’s Kingdom in our community."


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