Reporter Jonathan White, Wistaston
New Testament Church of God (NTCG), The Lighthouse Centre celebrated the 50 year Golden Jubilee Anniversary in August this year.
NTCG purchased their church building at 56 Stewart Street, Crewe in 1967.
The first NTCG public service in the UK was held in September 1953 in Wolverhampton. It was a result of the arrival of immigrants from the West Indies coming from NTCG, many of whom were committed Pentecostal Christians.
The NTCG church in Crewe became known as New Testament of God, The Lighthouse Centre, in 2014 as "We are called to be light in the midst of the darkness. The Lighthouse is the best modern day symbol that really captures our passion and vision."
Celebratory events included prayers, thanksgiving and worship, a gala dinner, tributes to founding members of NTCG Crewe, a community fun day and a Civic Celebratory service. A commemorative booklet and timeline banner were also produced to mark the occasion. The first pastor of NTCG Crewe - Rev Glenford Hutchinson from Florida USA - was present at the celebrations.
Congratulations messages were received from Bishop Headley Gayle; Bishop Donald Bolt, NTCG National Overseer; Councillor Diane Yates, Crewe Town Mayor; Dawn Clark, Community Development Manager, Partnerships and Communities, Cheshire East Council; Laura Smith, MP for Crewe & Nantwich; and Jennie Wakefield, Chairperson, Churches Together in Crewe.
Regular events taking place at The Lighthouse Centre are: Sunday (11am) - Youth and Childrens club; Sunday (3pm) - Family Worship Service; Wednesday - Prayer & Fast; Thursday (7pm) - Homeless meal; one Saturday a month - men's and women's prayer breakfast.
The Lighthouse Centre pastor Rev. David Edwards said, "Through God's help and the invaluable contribution and ongoing support of all our members, friends, volunteers and community partners, over the past fifty years we have been able to help meet the physical, social and spiritual needs of many within our community and we look forward to the future years of Ministry, Service and partnerships within this great town of Crewe."
For further details please telephone 01270 668996, mobile 07980011803; www.facebook.com/ ntcgcrewe