On Sunday, February 18th, 2018, exactly 50 years after it was formed, Forest Hill United Church in Fredericton held a service of celebration and thanksgiving to God that was full of colour and music, history and hope and good fellowship.
Photo to the left is the 50th anniversary bulletin cover.
Click here to see the entire bulletin.
View of congregation just prior to the start of the anniversary service.
Video of choir entrance and lighting the candles.
Video of sermon by Rev Richard Bowley, President of Maritime Conference.
Forest Hill's worship space has always been adorned with colourful banners and our anniversary provided the opportunity for a skilled and dedicated team to refurbish and refresh almost 50 banners.
Our resident historian, Dr. Graham Powell, in consultation with many folk with long memories, prepared documentation on the history of each banner. These will remain on our walls as long as feasible. The above video is a tour of banners in the sanctuary.
Charter members took part in the service, reading Scripture and assisting with communion. The above video shows Jennifer Abbott reading Scripture during the anniversary service.
Robert Hawkes got in touch with as many of our former ministers as possible. The image below shows the back cover of the bulletin which included a list of all ministers. Many sent greetings which were read in the service by Marilyn Lohnes (video below).
Marilyn Lohnes reads greetings from former ministers.
Our anniversary provided a wonderful opportunity to gather artefacts - photos, documents, scrapbooks, Sunday School materials from our history and our present - these were all on display. Many of these were digitally archived by Libby Cassidy; Marilyn Lohnes created a Slide Show featuring many of them. The 50th Anniversary Planning Committee plans to display them again on Easter Sunday, April 1st.
And, of course,
there was cake!
Rev Deborah Ambridge Fisher
Rev Richard Bowley with
On Sunday, May 27th, 7:00 p.m., Forest Hill United Church will host a musical evening with a hymn-sing with Lynda-Jean Coffin at the piano, and a concert with musical guests. Details of this event will be posted as soon as possible.
September 21 - 23 will be a weekend celebrating artists (paint, photography and fibre), composers and authors among Forest Hill folk, and we will unveil the new 50th anniversary banner. Details of this event will be posted as they become available.