Church festival will be held to mark centenary

St Ninians's Church in Douglas

St Ninians's Church in Douglas

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St Ninian’s Church, Douglas, is preparing to hold a special festival to mark its centenary.

The ‘Letʼs Celebrateʼ festival runs from September 16 and included exhibitions of photographs, flowers and art displays from Scoill Jubilee, Willaston and Cronk y Berry schools. It will culminate in a Service of Thanksgiving on Sunday, September 22.

Douglas Corporation and parishioners past and present will all be celebrating.

Festival co-ordinator Marilyn Payne said: ‘The church has been a prominent landmark in Douglas since 1913 and is clearly visible to those travelling to the island by sea.

‘It is fitting that we should celebrate 100 years of Christian witness, and give thanks to God for the generosity of Henry Bloom Noble without whose gift this church community would not exist.ʼ

Since its construction at the top of Bray Hill, the community it serves has changed dramatically. Douglas now has many schools, the Isle of Man College, Willaston and Governors Hill housing estates, and the Grandstand and Paddock area during TT and MGP.

Miss Payne said: ‘Weʼre looking forward to opening up the church to lots of visitors, whether theyʼve worshipped at St Ninianʼs in the past, or if theyʼve never been before. A warm and genuine welcome awaits them.ʼ

There will also be musical events and concerts to reflect the churchʼs strong musical connections, to continue the celebrations into 2014.

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