CELEBRATING 150 YEARS OF THE CLUMBER CHURCH BUILDING IN 2017
PRECURSOR MAGAZINE EDITORIALS
Leading up to the 150th Celebrations, certain publications supported our invitations to publish articles relating to the rich past history of Clumber and the detail of our 150th Celebrations. Here is the link to The Heritage Portal article :
PROGRAMME FOR THE 150TH CELEBRATIONS OF CLUMBER CHURCH
The Clumber Church Community watched in amazement as our dream of restoring the Clumber Church building as well as the Churchyard rapidly became a reality. Our Membership list is small, only 25 souls, and our bank balance commensurate with the diminutive size of our congregation. Yet, money came in from all quarters, enabling us to do what most had considered an impossible task. On this site I have allready stated a fact which I will repeat here again. And that is the simple fact that the Hand of our Lord Jesus Christ was very evident in covering every task we undertook. Materials were ordered without the necessary funds to cover the costs, yet, on completion, the exact funds needed to cover those expenses were miraculously on hand.So, as a way of saying "thank you" to the public who supported us so magnificently, this celebration grew to a mammoth 3 day event which was free to everyone who wished to attend. The 150th Celebration Programme can be viewed below.
REMINISCENCE BY REV JACK SCHOLTZ ON THE OCCASION OF THE 150TH CELEBRATIONS AT CLUMBER CHURCH
GREETINGS AT THIS TIME OF THE UNIQUE 150TH CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE AND WITNESS OF CLUMBER METHODIST CHURCH
It is with particular pleasure that we congratulate the Clumber community and the Bathurst Circuit on this notable milestone in your life and witness for God. We are saddened that we cannot be with you because of recent illness.
Our own memories of our ministry at Clumber from 1964-1967 are rich indeed. We remember the stalwarts of those days – Frank and Gladys Long, Edwin and Connie Long, Don and Phyl Long, Olive and Percy Pike, Dale and Enid Handley, Glyn and
Colleen Handley, Doug Purdon, Harvey and Verna Pike, Phyl and Cynthia Pike, to name but a few. Further afield in the Circuit were Harold and Joan Bradfield, Geoff and Shirley Hounsell, Keith and Celia Bradfield, Barry and Herma Purdon, Colin
and Joan Purdon, Lawrence and Dorothy Dixon.
There are other memories that made our time at Clumber so enjoyable – playing cricket for Bathurst and lunch at the Pig & Whistle; the Bathurst Show where Olive Pike’s marmalade fetched first prize every time! Then there were concerts in
the now demolished old wood lined Tin Hall, where some significant talent was discovered. It was there that Harvey Pike recovered, from under the stage, and just in time for the Centenary of the church in 1967, the two chandeliers
which continue to grace and beautify the sanctuary. Also remembered are the Carols by Candlelight events on the front lawn of the Manse and the Christmas Day services under the shade trees on the sand at the Kleinemond. Good
1967 saw the Centenary Celebrations of the church and the improvement and refurbishmentof the sanctuary. Now again in 2017 Clumber Church has been superbly restored and beautified. Warmest congratulations to all involved in the preservation
of this magnificent heritage, for the entire community of the Circuit; for the community of the Eastern Cape; for The Methodist Church of Southern Africa, and for South Africa itself.
May your celebrations be richly blessed and may God continue to sustain and inspire you all in your witness and service.
With warm Christian greetings
The Rev. Jack and Joan Scholtz
13 October 2017
CLUMBER CHURCH FEATURES AS FRONT PAGE NEWS IN THE "TALK OF THE TOWN"NEWSPAPER
The link to the article written by Jon Houzet of Talk of the Town who attended our 3 days of Celebration is listed below: