75 year milestone

Driffield Christian Fellowship is 75 years old and is celebrating this weekend with a “Reunion Buffet” on Saturday.

The event will begin at 6pm in the Performing Arts Hall, Driffield School, and is open to all those who at one time attended the church and will give people the chance to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones.

On Sunday the church is are hosting two special services, with a guest speaker, Mr Simon Page from Blackpool.

The morning service is at 10.30am and the evening service at 6.30pm.

Rev Mark Witherden, Driffield Christian Fellowship, said: “We are also really pleased to have five of the previous pastors visiting us for the celebration - Rev Stephen Crosse, Rev Arthur Wood, Rev Nick Gray, Rev John Campbell and Pastor Geoffrey Wildman “if you remember any of these men then please drop in and say hello.”

The Christian Fellowship movement was established in 1915 but it was not until October 11 1937 that a new church in Driffield, now known as Driffield Christian Fellowship, was officially recognised by the Elim Pentecostal Movement.

Somebody’s house provided the humble beginnings for this church as a group of likeminded Christians met together to pray and study the Bible.

Through the years they have met in schools, the Community Centre, the Old Town Hall to name but a few.

The church currently meets in the Performing Arts Hall at Driffield School. The first minister to serve the church, George Baxter, was appointed in 1946 and subsequently through the 75 years there have been 17 ministers who have served the church and the community here in Driffield through the work of this church. The 17th minister, Rev Mark Witherden, has been in Driffield since June 2008.

The church comprises a congregation of about 45 adults with an active children’s and youth work.

In addition to weekly services, the church runs a variety of activities through the week and is presently establishing a “Food Bank” and a midweek film afternoon. There is a kids club on a Tuesday at the Junior School and a youth meeting on a Friday in the church building on Wansford Road as well as Holiday Clubs twice a year at the Parish Church hall. The church has links with some of the nursing homes and regularly put together a small service for those who wish to join in.

Members enjoy being part of the life of Driffield and working with the other churches in the town and trust that the next 75 years will be just as good as the last ones.