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Sunday 27 October 2019, 10.30am

The congregation at St Andrew's Methodist Church in Harlow will be celebrating the 65th Anniversary of the opening of the Church on Sunday 27 October with a Special Service of led by Revd Thurairajah Samuel (affectionately known as 'Rev Sam') and followed with a celebratory meal in the Church Hall.

  • All are welcome

Our Beginnings in 1952

The Methodist congregation that now calls itself 'St Andrew's' started in 1952 with the arrival of its first minister, Rev Eryl Hughes.

The church hadn't been built, so the services took place in the Moot House at The Stow. Harlow New Town had a growing population, soon the congregation had grown to over thirty full members. It was then that the building of the present buildings was started.

Foundation Stone Laid in 1953

The foundation stone was laid by Revd L J Barmby, former superintendent minister of the Bishop's Stortford Methodist Circuit, in the afternoon of Saturday 27 June 1953 with a congregation of over 200 in attendance.

After the service, tea was provided at Moot House. An exhibition of dancing and a pageant by children tracing the history of the church were given in Moot Hall.

Church Opened in 1954

St Andrew's was the Harlow New Town's first new church when it was officially opened on Saturday 30 October 1954 by Sir Richard Costain, CBE, chairman of Harlow Development Corporation, and the building was dedicated by the Revd George H Simpson, chairman of the London North Methodist District.

The great hall was packed for the dedication service which was followed by a bazaar and public tea and later that evening by a concert.

Project completion in 2009

The buildings opened in 1954 were Phase 1 of the project, with what is now used as the church sanctuary originally intended to be the main hall. Phase 2 which was to have been a much larger sanctuary was never implemented and a block of flats (St Andrews House) now stands on the land on which Phase II might have stood.

Finding the facilities too small to meet the demands of the 21st century, building works began in 2008 with the demolition of the small original hall. In 2009 a new entrance lobby, large purpose built hall and enlarged kitchen facilities were opened and dedicated on 31 May 2009 by Revd Anne Brown, District Chair of the Beds, Herts and Essex District.

Ministers at St Andrew's

  • Revd Eryl Hughes (1952-1959)
  • Revd Cyril Blount (1959-1962)
  • Revd Alan Horner (1962-1968)
  • Revd Michael Gilyead (1968-1973)
  • Revd Derek Broxholme (1973-1979)
  • Revd John Buxton (1979-1990)
  • Revd John Wheaton (1990-2000)
  • Revd Guy Goodall (2000-2004)
  • Revd John Buxton (2004)
  • Revd Jim Gill (2004-2009)
  • Revd Sarah Lowe (2009)
  • Revd Terry Keen (2009-2014)
  • Revd Thurairajah Samuel (2014-2017)
  • Revd Blair Kirkby (2017 — present )

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