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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Baptists celebrate 150th anniversary

A THANKSGIVING event has taken place to mark 150 years of Dumfries Baptist Church.

It was founded in 1872 and celebrations have been going on throughout this year, beginning and ending with a week of prayer.

And on Saturday, 280 people gathered the church centre at Gillbrae for a thanksgiving service, followed by afternoon tea.

It has been described as “a deeply moving occasion, joyful in its focus on the goodness and faithfulness of God through the years, and at times sad, as those who had gone before were remembered.”

There was music and short video messages, with emphasis on both the local and global impact of the church over the years.

Greetings came from the Baptist Missionary Society, thanking the church for their partnership: nine members served with them at times during the last 40 years, in Europe and Asia, sharing professional skills in fields as diverse as teaching, agriculture and social work.

Congratulations also came from Open Doors, an international organisation which provides Bibles, training and support to the persecuted church.

Church centre manager Phil Proctor, above, gave a local perspective, revealing that from Monday to Friday each week, the busy Cornerstone Cafe, clubs and classes of many kinds bring between 4-500 people into the building.

He said: “Many of the church ministries are running at full capacity, but more primary age children would be welcome at the Monday after-school club.”

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