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WANTAGE METHODISTS in 2020

We are starting to plan to celebrate our 175th anniversary in 2020.

This will be a celebration of the past but also a refreshment of our Mission for today. A few ideas for that year were identified at the recent meeting of Movers & Shakers-
+ Special preacher each month
+ Specific mission for the year
+ Series of events to raise money for the year's chosen charity
+ Hymns through the decades
+ Stage musical (as done in the past)
+ Memories of people in the church

I am sure that you will have more.

As you can see, there is plenty of scope for more ideas, practical thinking and committed contributions.

If you are interested in getting involved please talk to Keith, or one of the stewards.

A very exciting opportunity to celebrate our 175th anniversary

A significant number of people have suggested that to celebrate our special year in 2020 we should revive the musical "Firebrand". For those of you with very long memories, in 1987 two of our then-members, Janet Evans and Huw Morgan, wrote a wonderful musical about the life of John Wesley, which we performed as a fully staged production to raise money for building our church hall, replacing the old Victorian school that then occupied that part of our site. Our very own Graham Godfrey was an amazing and very moving John Wesley in the 1988 world premier!

We had a great deal of fun, we all got to know each other a lot better, which was good for the life of our church, we put ourselves on the local map and we got to know other people from outside our own church who came along as "strengthening".

To do something like this we need all ages, literally from birth to old age.

We can adapt it to suit resources, but there are openings for

€ Actors
€ Narrator(s)
€ Singers (solo/chorus/acting or non-acting)
€ Dancers
€ Orchestral players
€ Costume designers and seamstresses
€ Make-up artists
€ Set builders
€ Lighting and sound engineers
€ Front-of-house staff
€ Refreshment providers

It is a big commitment, BUT it will be worthwhile and very satisfying if we can pull it off.

We need church members to form the core but we will open it up to the community as well, which is an opportunity for mission.

ARE YOU PREPARED TO OFFER THIS COMMITMENT?

There is a sign-up sheet on the hall noticeboard. We appreciate that circumstances can change for any of us in a year, but at this stage we need to have confidence that it's worth starting on the undertaking. Please indicate now if you (your Nearest and Dearest as well!) are interested in helping us put this together. If we don't get enough names on the lists we may have to think again.

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