150thAnniversary of St Peter’s Church Pedmore
21st February 2021
The day started with the 9.30am Morning Worship service taken by David and Mary.
Covid restrictions do not allow singing, but we heard a wonderful rousing version of
“All People that on Earth do Dwell”. This was a hymn chosen for the consecration of
St Peter’s on 21st February 1871. Prayers included thanks for our church and all who
had worshipped within its walls the past 150 years.
A service far removed from the splendour of 150 years ago to the day, with all the
visiting clergy robing at the Church School and processing from there to the church
must have been a sight to behold.
In all its simplicity the service of 21st February 2021 where all who came clad in
masks, hands diligently sanitised on arrival, all shared the same love of our church
and for each other. We do not have the class system of 150 years ago and you can
sit where you like no reservations for the wealthy. Actually that isn’t true you do
have to sit where you are told as socially distancing of two metres apply!
Our vision is to be a growing all age
church, experiencing and sharing
the love of God with the people of
The one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the re-building of St Peter’s church is a good
time to look back; to be thankful for the vision of those who built a church space for
virtually everyone who lived in Pedmore at the time. A vision you could say that saw the
gospel as good news for everyone. We don’t know if those 300 plus seats were filled on
a regular basis but it showed a desire to make space for all so all might share in the love
of God. Not only do we look back but we should look forward. Although we live at a
time when the future is far from clear but this does not stop us looking forward with
hope. However, uncertain the future might look we must look forward with hope for we
worship the living God; a God who has the power to bring new life to the dead and that
was good news in 1871 and is still good news in 2021. David Nichol