A WONDERFUL weekend of celebrations marked a church centenary on Shoreham Beach.
The Church of the Good Shepherd, in Kings Walk, enjoyed an ‘amazing’ two days packed with entertainment and worship.
Bishop Martin presided over a Centenary Eucharist on July 13 and blessed a new church banner, which celebrates the church’s long-standing healing ministry.
He was presented with a prayer shawl, knitted for him by a member of the craft and fellowship group, before the congregation enjoyed a buffet lunch at the Church hall.
Celebrations continued in the evening, when Shoreham guitarist Richard Durrant, a member of the church, gave a spectacular concert.
Priest in Charge, the Rev Gail Souppouris, said proceeds from the concert would be added to the Centenary Fund, which has been collected all year for a ‘birthday present’ for the church building.
On the Sunday, Archdeacon Douglas McKittrick joined the church for its Centenary Family Communion, an informal sharing of bread and wine for all ages.
Sunee Heath, a member of the church, was baptised in the warm sea on the beach behind the church.
Mrs Souppouris said families on the beach were a little bemused as she, Archdeacon Douglas and the Rev Helen Rose waded in to bless the water.
She added: “Sunee and her husband Paul joined the congregation 18 months ago on return from Sunee’s native Thailand where, tragically, a motorbike accident left her highly disabled and in need of constant care, which Paul supplies.”
The festivities ended with a barbecue and bring and share lunch for all the family.