Church invites Christians to attend special services to mark centenary
A CHURCH will celebrate more than 100 years at the heart of the community by holding special services and inviting Christians from other churches to reflect its history.
The Trinity Church of the Nazarene will hold services on Saturday and Sunday to mark 60 years of worship in their home on Convamore Road, Grimsby.
However, the building was also a church for members of the Calvary Holiness Movement, then the International Holiness Movement, before Trinity took over in 1962.
It has now been a house of God for more than 100 years since opening in 1908 so its current congregation have invited friends from churches of other denominations to celebrate the church's rich and varied history.
The Reverend Joy Osborne, who has been a pastor their for the last eight years, will take Saturday's service, attended by a lecturer from the church's theological college and the Mayor of North East Lincolnshire. There will also be two special services on Sunday, taken by the Reverend Bill Townsend.
The Reverend Osborne said: "We never really celebrated the centenary of the building so now we want to hold a service for everyone which remembers that this church has been an integral part of the life of this community for more than 100 years.
"Our faith is based on traditional belief in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and we can celebrate together with friends from other churches with the same beliefs and whom we have been involved with in the past."
She has been a member of the Church of the Nazarene since 1977 when she answered a call by a preacher to "follow the path of Jesus Christ" – although she has been a Christian all her life.
She had a career with W H Smith at the time but later went to the church's theological college in Manchester to take a more spiritual route in life and become a minister.
After graduating, she took the role as the chaplain at Lincoln Prison which she did for 11 years until retiring in May 2011. "It was a very challenging but very interesting role," she said.
The Reverend Osborne has been a part-time pastor at the Grimsby Church for the last eight years but is now their full-time minister.
However, even before becoming a minister she was an active Christian and has been on nine aid missions to Romania following the revolution which tore the country apart in 1990.
Saturday's service starts at 6pm and beforehand there will be tea in the church at 4.30pm. On Sunday, the Reverend Bill Townsend's services will be held at 10.45am and 6.30pm.