The Revd.

Matthew J Hughes

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Associate Rector

The Revd.
Stephen Broadie
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Assistant Priest

The Revd.

Bill Mullenger

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June Leader

June 2018 marks the 60th Anniversary of the opening and dedication of what was initially known as the ‘Farnborough Church Hall’ on Leamington Avenue. The Bishop of Rochester at the time, the Right Reverend Christopher Chevasse, dedicated the sanctuary on Sunday June 22nd 1958, following a shortened form of Evensong. As we reflect this month on the events of 60 years ago,

it is incredible to think of how much has changed in the last six decades. 1958 marked the opening of the UK’s first motorway, the ‘Preston Bypass’, by the then Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan. Work also began on the M1, Britain’s first full length motorway, which would eventually stretch from London to Leeds. Nowadays, of course, motorways are something that we very much take for granted. As much as we may not always enjoy using them, we cannot imagine life without them. In addition, 1958 saw the release of Cliff Richard’s debut single, ‘Move It’, which went on to reach number 2 in the charts. Cliff Richard is still very much alive and well, and to date remains the third top-selling artist in UK singles chart history, behind Elvis and The Beatles. Tragically, 23 people also died in that year in the Munich air disaster, which claimed the lives of 7 Manchester United players. Events like these linger on in the memory for many generations to come. Furthermore, some of these events have been remembered or commemorated during the course of 2018. Others will perhaps go unnoticed, such as the 60th Anniversary of the first UK parking meters on the 10 July 1958.

In the pages of the Bible we find encouragements to remember certain events in our history. One book of the Old Testament describes a season of rebuilding in the life of God’s people. Through the book of Haggai we learn about a prophet and a group of people who were challenged to rebuild the temple of the Lord on return to their country, following destruction by foreign armies and a long period of exile.

This theme of rebuilding finds echoes, I believe, in the many building projects going on around Great Britain in the 1950s, as the nation began to piece itself together in the aftermath of the Second World War. St Nicholas church, of course, was one such project. Remarkably, the prophet Haggai was successful in spurring his people on to successfully rebuild the temple. Towards the end of the short book describing these events the people are told to ‘give careful thought to the day when the foundation of the Lord’s temple was laid’ (Haggai 2:18). There seems therefore to be a biblical precedent to the idea of remembering our origins, of giving thought to when our ‘restoration’ or ‘renewal’ began.

So it is that nearly exactly 60 years to the day, on Saturday 23rd June 2018, we as a church will be giving careful thought to the day when our own place of worship was built. As part of the assurances that are found in Haggai, God promises to ‘fill this house with glory’, and declares that ‘in this place I will grant peace’ (Haggai 2:7,9). We know that we have an unusual looking building, one that may not immediately conjure up images of God’s glory. However, we also know that it is a building that has faithfully served the community for many years. It has stood the test of time. Our continued prayer for St Nicholas is that it will be a place where people encounter the glory, or the presence, of God, and that within its walls people would find peace.

Stephen Broadie

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