MORE than 100 people attended the joyful festival Eucharist service at St Mary’s, Hemyock, as part of the church’s 750th anniversary celebrations.
Invited guests included past clergy Rev Tony Grosse and Rev Margaret Cameron. Rev David Sherwood was unable to attend. Representatives from local organisations and churches were also there plus people with past ties to the church who had travelled some distance to attend.
The Bishop of Crediton, the Rt Rev Dame Sarah Mullaly, led in by wardens David Bawler and Jenny Doble, conducted the service assisted by Rev David Burton, rector, and reader Katherine Simpson.
The choral service saw the choir, under the direction of organist Ron White, sing a setting of The Magnificat by Purcell with congregational hymns being All People That On Earth Do Dwell, The Church’s One Foundation, Thy Hand O God Has Guided and Christ is Made the Sure Foundation. A poem, The Witness Tree, written by David Palmer especially for the occasion, was distributed to everyone present.
Following the service a lunch for almost 80 people, two of whom have each attended St Mary’s for about 60 years, was held at the Blackdown Healthy Living Centre when gifts were presented to Bishop Sarah and her husband.