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Centenary celebrations for 'happy little church' in Connah's Quay

Published date: 20 March 2014 |
Published by: David Humphreys
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A CHURCH that has been a “lifeline” to a member of its congregation is celebrating its 100th birthday.

St David's Church on Mold Road, Connah’s Quay, will celebrate its centenary with a series of thanksgiving events beginning tomorrow.

The Anglican church was constructed on Mold Road in 1914, on land donated by the Fream family – Lords of the Manor who lived in Wepre Hall in the town.

The building was initially earmarked to serve as a church hall, rather than a main building, which had been proposed for a grassy area just in front.

But with the development of the First World War, the hall became the main place of worship for Connah’s Quay residents and was known as the Mission church – a moniker that has stuck to this day.

The Great War hit he parish of Connah’s Quay hard, as it ran out of money to construct the full church building as it had once desired and the Mission church hall became St David’s Church as it is known today.

The church was constructed with Ellesmere sandstone and lined with Ruabon brick, that parishioners paid for one by one, to ensure it was built.

A small hall was put up next to the church, now known as the Institute.

Sandra Sullivan has been involved with St David’s for more than 50 years, including as a Sunday School supervisor.

She said: “It’s a lovely, family orientated church, very homely. It has certainly got quite a history.

“St David’s has been a lifeline to me with my faith. I visit there every time I’m having a bad day.”

During its 100 years, the church has had a number of updates and alterations to keep the historic building standing.

Ten years ago the church was revamped to mark its 90th anniversary and to bring it up to current health and safety regulations. A new nave altar was installed and the steps inside made smaller.

Three years later, seating was boosted to hold more than 100 chairs for the congregation.

Mrs Sullivan added: “The people at St David’s are lovely, you feel ever so welcome.

“I fully expect the church to stand for another 100 years, it’s a special part of the community and everyone has always said the same about St David’s.”

Betty Thomas, 92, has been a member of St David’s church for nearly 70 years, since moving to Connah’s Quay in 1946.

She said: “It’s an outgoing, happy little church and a church that works together, stays together. We have such a strong group and I expect it to stay that way for years to come.”

Mrs Thomas is often joined in church by three more generations of her family. Her son, David, who is churchwarden, attends with his daughter and grandchildren.

“The church has certainly changed a bit in my time,” Mrs Thomas added.

“It has opened up and improved. We get visitors who come in and say what a lovely feeling they get from the church. We’re very fortunate.”

The first of two thanksgiving events will take place at St David’s tomorrow at 11am.

A second service, with former  clergy from the church invited to attend, will take place on Sunday at 3pm. All are welcome to attend both services.

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