Sun­day school’s big 200th cel­e­bra­tions

Chil­dren cel­e­brate the mile­stone dur­ing ser­vice

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­

THOU­SANDS of chil­dren have en­joyed a church’s Sun­day School over its 200-year his­tory.

Broad­way Bap­tist Church, in The Broad­way, Che­sham, cel­e­brated the mile­stone an­niver­sary of the Sun­day School dur­ing its morn­ing ser­vice on Sun­day.

Dea­con at Broad­way Bap­tist Church Peter Holt said: “Two hun­dred years is an in­cred­i­ble length of time and has been a great con­tri­bu­tion to the youth and chil­dren of Che­sham.”

Broad­way Bap­tist Church be­gan to meet in the lo­cal­ity a lit­tle over 300 years ago, borne ini­tially out of a joint con­gre­ga­tion of peo­ple from Che­sham, Berkham­sted and Tring.

The gen­eral Bap­tist chapel, not the cur­rent build­ing, was built in 1712. The church’s long his­tory of car­ing for chil­dren was also ev­i­dent in the build­ing of a school room with funds raised for the con­struc­tion of a new chapel in 1897, which was com­pleted in 1902, due to the church re­spond­ing to the press­ing needs of Che­sham’s chil­dren and fam­i­lies.

The fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment is still a fo­cus of the church to­day with it of­fer­ing ga a Chip­munks tod­dlers’ group oup on Thurs­days, Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades on Fri­days days and Youth Al­pha, a youthuth group for chil­dren 11-plus,lus, also on Fri­days, amon­gong other non-weekly events,nts, and the Sun­day School ool called Sun­day Morn­ingng Kids Church – SM:KC.

Mr Holt added: “In n the long term it’s hard to tell what the fu­ture will hold for our ser­vice to the youth and chil­dren of Che­sham.

“It’s an area that we con­tinue to in­vest in as a church.

“In the shorter term we know that we’ll con­tinue to run events for the chil­dren of Che­sham. Our ded­i­cated Sun­day school helpers will con­tinue to pro­vide a safe and fun place to learn more about Je­sus and the Chris­tian faith.

“This is why on Sun­day, Broad­way Bap­tist Church was the home of a small cel­e­bra­tion ser­vice for the chil­dren’s work that has happe hap­pened in the pa past, is hap­pen­ing in the present and un­doubte un­doubt­edly will con­tinue for fu­ture gen­er­a­tio gen­er­a­tions.”

For info in­for­ma­tion go to www. broad­way broad­way­bap­ or call 014 01494 772

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Photo by Jon Mikol www.buyapho­ BE153493

HAPPY BIRTH­DAY: (Above) Chil­dren cel­e­brate with a cake; (left) the Wor­ship Group singers; (be­low left) JJ Pullen with his badge; (be­low right) cel­e­bra­tions at the 174th party in 1990

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