Church celebrates 25th anniversary of re-opening

St Luke's 25th anniversary celebrations
St Luke's 25th anniversary celebrations

A weekend of events took place in Stone Cross to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the re-opening of St Luke’s Church, Stone Cross, at the weekend.

Despite the strong winds and rain, the fete went ahead and was opened by Philip Burt, one of the earliest church wardens after the re-opening. Although the church was built many years previously, it fell into a state of disrepair and only re-opened 25 years ago.

Entertainment was provided by Kelvin Message and other musicians, the Kingfisher Scout Band, Bishop Bell School Band, and Sea Gypsies, and there were Zumba and Line Dancing demonstrations as well as a performance by Britain’s Got Talent finalist ventriloquist Steve Hewlett.

As well as the fete, there was a barbecue, a concert in the parish centre and a Parish Mass on Sunday morning attended by the new Bishop of Chichester Bishop Martin Warner, who stayed on afterwards for a Parish Bring and Share meal.

David Hanratty from the church said, “St Luke’s congregation were very pleased to have representatives of neighbouring parishes joining us for the meal. All returned to their homes, felt feeling very tired, but elated we had spent such an enjoyable weekend, celebrating, welcoming old and new friends and reflecting on the passage of 25 years.”