Church of England Diocese of Worcester Pedmore

St Peter's Church celebrates 150 Years

1 Apr 2021, 10:15 a.m.
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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

Pedmore.”

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