20 July –
Dereham Baptist Church gives Gospels to Children in 1919 … and 2019!
At Dereham’s Peace Day Event in 1919 returning soldiers were met at Dereham Station and paraded through the streets to a service in St Nicolas Parish Church. The then Pastor of Dereham Baptist Church, the Revd Benjamin Fendick, gave 100 of the town’s children copies of Luke’s Gospel.
A sport’s day followed on the recreation ground with traditional races, a tug-of-war and sideshows.
Above: ‘The Revd Fendick’ and a couple of ‘returning soldiers’
outside Cowper Memorial Church in the Market Place.
Our current Pastor, Nigel Bayley, was suitably dressed in early C20th clerical gear – complete with frock coat and pork pie hat to play Benjamin Fendick! He sported the hat in the morning service on 21st July but not the full gear!
And 100 years later, Dereham Baptist Church took part in the re-enactment of the Peace Day celebrations and the presentation of the Gospels by again giving 100 of today’s town’s children a copy of ‘Dear Theo’ – an illustrated NIV publication of Luke and Acts produced by Biblica Europe.
Nigel commented on how warmly the children received these gifts, many of them saying they would be reading ‘Dear Theo’ that evening.
The 100 year Anniversary re-enactment was organised by Dereham’s Carnival Committee in place of the annual parade: our Deacon, Ian Clarke, is a Committee member.
This is just one of a number of ways that DBC continues to show its commitment to being an active part of the Dereham Community.