Holderness Road church celebrates 50 years at heart of east Hull community
DURING a time of uncertainty for many churches, one place of worship continues to welcome scores of people through its doors after 50 years.
Holderness Road Methodist Church is celebrating the milestone anniversary and church-goers have come together to celebrate the occasion.
More than 80 people attend services every Sunday and the church has a number of local groups – from Scouts to Guides.
Reverend John Staton, minister at the church, said: "We have about 100 people using the church regularly and it's one of only a few in the area to hold two services on a Sunday.
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"I've been a minister here for about four years and we also have the café, which is a joint enterprise with Age UK.
"It's an independent business that pays the church rent and it has helped to introduce people to worship."
Reverend Staton said it costs about £35,000 every year to keep the church open, which is made up mostly of donations.
He admits it is a struggle, but they are doing better than most and even have church-goers attending from elsewhere in Hull and the East Riding.
"A belief in God can really help society because church- goers have certain values," Reverend Staton said.
"We held a special service recently led by Reverend Viv Smith who spoke about how believing in God can really help people."
Jim Morrell, property steward at the church and a local preacher, said almost 100 people packed into the church for the event to celebrate its history.
He said: "It's difficult to get younger people in the church but we are doing it.
"Some people who have visited the café have also decided to have their babies baptised here.
"We just want to let people know that they can come in and we're not going to hit them over the head with a Bible.
"Once they do come through the door, they realise Christians don't have two heads and they can benefit greatly by coming to church."
Maureen McDonald, a steward at the church, has been a member for 50 years.
She said: "Our event to celebrate the anniversary was lovely and we will continue to reach out to people in the community."
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