Church marks diamond jubilee

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CENTRAL Methodist Church in Pontefract is marking its 60th anniversary on Sunday with a visit from the head of the Methodist church in Britain.

Rev Dr Mark Wakelin, president of the Methodist Conference and head of the church in Britain, will make his first visit to Pontefract on Sunday October 7 as guest preacher at the church on Newgate at its 6pm service.

Many other Methodist churches in the area will close their evening services in order to attend the visit.

It is one of a series of events the church has organised to mark its 60th anniversary, with a coffee morning, demonstration from A2Z Dance School and a tree planting on Saturday October 6 from 10.30am.

There will also be a Chinese banquet on Monday October 15 at 7pm, a coffee morning with tai chi demonstration at 10.30am on Saturday October 20 and a performance from Knottingley Concert Brass Band on Saturday October 27 at 3pm.

The celebrations culminate with an anniversary day on Sunday October 28, when there will be a meat and potato pie lunch, and the Central Singers join in the 6pm service.

A souvenir brochure has been produced, which is available from the church or the church stewards, which includes a list of all events during the month, a message from current minister Rev Jacob Kaiga and an essay from Peter Cookson about his memories of the formation of the church.

Central Methodist Church was built and opened in 1952, amalgamating Horsefair and Newgate chapels.