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
Our 50th Anniversary Celebrations continued with a Hymn-Sing on Sunday, May 27th. Over 50 people from our own and other congregations came to enjoy a rousing evening of singing hymns, old and new.
As friends gathered, Marie Hughes played a lovely solo sonata on her viola, then Charlotte Flinn contributed the sweet sounds of her clarinet.
For the hymns, guest piano accompanist, Lynda-Jean Coffin and our own keyboard artist, Alex Good, led the singing with occasional help from Brian and Libby Cassidy on their guitars.
The delightful evening was rounded out with a benediction from the Rev. Deborah Ambridge Fisher and followed by a time of fellowship with sweets being provided by the women of the congregation.
A copy of the program can be found here.
A special thank you to Robert Christie and Rev. Deborah Ambridge Fisher for providing the photographs of this event.
This is the third and final event to celebrate FHUC's 50th anniversary.
Friday, September 21: The premiere presentation of 4 videos featuring interviews with charter members of the congregation including historical photos and video clips. Come at 6:30 pm for tea, coffee and sweets; videos at 7:00 pm.
Saturday, September 22: A display of Forest Hill United Church members' creativity: visual and fibre artists, woodworkers, photographers, authors and composers. Come anytime between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.
11:00 - Robert Hawkes - Poet
11:45 - Elizabeth Savoie - Author
1:00 - Margie Roxborough - Fibre Artist (straw, pysanky)
1:45 - Mary Grant - Fibre Artist and Painter
2:30 - Graham Powell - Author and Photographer
3:15 - Alex Good - Composer and Musician
Sunday, September 23: During the service at 10:00 am, our new 50th anniversary banner will be unveiled and Rev. Deborah Ambridge Fisher will help us consider what church might be like over the next 50 years.