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Over 100 people gathered at Barrow upon Soar Methodist Church in June to celebrate the tercentenary of the birth of John Wesley on 17 June 1703. This special event was a reunion of former members of the Sunday School.

Sunday School Reunion

Left to Right on photograph
Beryl Handford (nee Hickling),
Stan Clarke, Wallace Reeves,
Rev David Leese, Joan Crompton,
Winnie Porter

There were previously two Methodist churches in Barrow - the Wesleyan Chapel on High Street and the Primitive Methodist Chapel on North Street but in the 1960s the two societies were merged and began to worship together in the North Street premises. Guests from both the Sunday Schools were represented and had travelled from all over the UK and abroad to meet, reminisce and catch up with friends whilst enjoying a birthday tea provided by the ladies of the church.

Entertainment was provided by a number of people including the Rev David Leese, who performed Gospel magic and the church's 'Sing Signing' group to represent the church today. Catherine Canning, Leigh Newton, Natalie Thompson, Anne Thursby and Jenny Vyner sang 'He's taught me how to love Him' a song that they used to perform twenty five years ago. Malcolm Jordan and John Rudkin performed sketches and a Skiffle group rekindled memories of past times.

Celebrations continued at the Sunday morning service which was led by Rev David Leese.

Janet Thompson


For most people, moving home is a traumatic experience they would rather not repeat too often. Yet for a trial period, the Baptist Church has moved its home from Beveridge Street to Humphrey Perkins Community Centre once a month for its All Age Services.

Though partly motivated by a desire for more space on a Sunday, the main aim is to offer a welcome to people who find entering a traditional church building rather daunting.

Moving home monthly has been hard work, but very rewarding as people who don't normally come to church have felt welcome

Though the service itself does not begin until 10.45am, preparations get underway at 8.30 at Beveridge Street with equipment being packed into cars to be at the Community Centre for 9am when the setup team arrive. Though the chairs and staging have to be put up, with the regular use of dance, drama and videos in the services, and a band of several musicians, it is the P.A. system that takes the most time. Meanwhile, refreshments and childcare facilities are made ready for the doors to open.

Moving home monthly has been hard work, but very rewarding as people who don't normally come to church have felt welcome and heard the Christian message in a variety of creative ways. Humphrey Perkins have been great hosts especially Brian, the caretaker, who helps us turn a school hall into a place or worship.

The next two 'house moves' will be on 14th September and the 2nd November. In December we will be holding a special pre-Christmas event called 'Silent Night' presented by Viz-a-Viz. It will be held on Friday the 5th at 7.30pm. For further information contact Rev Mark Turner on 01509 416603.


Following the completion of his studies at Regents College Oxford, Chris Johnson, who has been Minister-in-training at the Baptist Church in Barrow, will be ordained and then inducted as Pastor of the church on 11th October at 3 pm.

Chris previously worked as a chemist at Astra-Zeneca in Loughborough and he and his wife Lynne have lived in Barrow for the past 14 years. He will be working alongside the Senior Minister, Rev Mark Turner, who joined the church in January 2002.

By then, the ministry team will have been joined by Simon Atkinson from Castle Donington, who has accepted the invitation of the church to be student Pastor at Long Whatton Baptist Church. Simon will be undergoing training for the Baptist Ministry at the Northern Baptist College in Manchester.