Congregation and guests celebrate church revamp

Scenes from the rededication of Seahouses Methodist Church.
Scenes from the rededication of Seahouses Methodist Church.

A national church leader has carried out a rededication ceremony in a Northumberland seaside town following extensive renovations.

Seahouses Methodist Church was rededicated on Saturday by Britain’s top Methodist, the Rev Ruth Gee, president of the Methodist Conference, following major works which include a new front entrance, a beautiful stain-glass window, new heating and insulation and a new audio-visual system.

The church was crowded with local Methodists and well-wishers for a service conducted by the minister, the Reverend Pauline Fellows, who has worked tirelessly to achieve this modernisation of the building. She was assisted by the chairman of the Newcastle District of the Methodist Church, the Rev Leo Osborne.

Local members of the Girls’ Brigade delighted the audience with their singing and a presentation of photos by Martin and Dee Coram, tracking the progress of the work, accompanied by music composed especially for the occasion by Martin, showed the new sound and audio-visual system to its best advantage.

In an address, Rev Gee talked of the presence of Jesus in everyday life and the church. She led the prayers of dedication, and a special cake was cut by 87-year-old retired Seahouses fisherman George Dawson, who was the first person to be baptised in the church when it originally opened in 1926.

The afternoon ended with a tea and the guests could catch up on events happening in the church.