Goring United Reformed Church

History 1990s to Present Day

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1990s

Ministry

Rev William Connelly The Rev William Connelly retired from full time ministry in November 1991. He had been minister of Goring since 1974 making him the longest serving minister at this church. In August of 1990 the church celebrated it’s Golden Jubilee including a Gift Day, Rev Cyril Franks leading Sunday morning service, releasing balloons, Jubilee Quiz, Celebration mugs and the production of The First Fifty Years video. (This is now available on DVD with chapters and easy navigation, please enquire at the AV desk on a Sunday morning if you would like a copy).

Golden Jubilee Special Booklet issued

The Interregnum 1991-1993 Upon William’s retirement Rev John & Mrs Elsie Flack were appointed as interim moderators. We will remember John for his leadership skills in public worship and for his inspired sermons and children’s talks. We also remember Elsie for her leadership and gifts in music and singing, playing the piano and organ.

In April 1993 the Church spent a wonderful weekend away led by the Rev Bill McCorey at The Links Conference Centre in Eastbourne.
See video of the  week-end away at ‘The Links

 

Rev Peter Heckels

Heckells

Peter and Eileen Heckels moved to Worthing from Sawston, Cambridgeshire and for Peter to be inducted as minister of Goring in 1993. Towards the end of 1999 Peter received a call to preach with a view at High Heaton URC, Newcastle. The Induction service followed on Saturday 15th July 2000.   Play group Opens Little Fishes Play Group was opened in September 1995.

The inauguration of the Worthing Area Team Ministry

The Team Ministry covered four United Reformed Churches from Central and North East  Worthing, through West Worthing and Goring to Rustington about 7 miles west of Worthing. Ministry There were two full time ministers Rev Peter Heckels  and Rev Margaret Ashby; and two part time ministers Rev Simon Franklin and Rev Norman Croft.

Decoration of the Sanctuary

In April 1999, volunteers from the church membership and congregation enabled the interior of the church to be decorated.


2000s

So now the twenty-first century has arrived, 2000 years after the birth of Jesus Christ.

We began our story of the church during the 1930’s when virtually traffic free roads would have been experienced; no television or videotape recorders; just the wireless with the BBC Home Service and Light Programme. During the last seven decades we have seen that a church has been born, many buildings have been erected including a church hall, Sunday school hall and of course a church itself, alterations made to suit the varying needs of the time, and many people have come and moved on to numerous places. Who could possibly have guessed , even just ten years ago, that by this year many homes would have computers in them with access to the World Wide Web and with facilities which enable electronic mailing (E-Mail) across the world for the price of a local telephone call, and that this Church would have a Web Site !!!!

Special Diamond Jubilee Chronicle issued
Life doesn’t stand still, however, and we mustn’t allow ourselves to dwell on the past but to look forward in anticipation of the good times ahead that the Lord has for us. It is important though that we should establish a firm foundation before moving on, and having read the preceding pages, I believe this we have done. We thank the Lord for the love, commitment, and devoted service these people who have gone before us had over the years in order that many more have been able to come to this place to worship, and for us now to have this church to worship and to serve our Lord in this neighbourhood. The Chronicle Editor.

Ministry

Worthing Area Team Ministry During September 2000 the Rev Andrew Sellwood received a call from the Worthing Area Team which he accepted. Andrew,  and family moved to Worthing from Leicester towards the end of 2000. Andrew joined Margaret Ashby, Norman Croft and Simon Franklin, the other Worthing Area Team Ministers. Rev Andrew Sellwood When the Worthing Area Team Ministry came to an end in April 2005, Andrew Sellwood took up an appointment to be Minister of a joint pastorate: Goring and St Andrews, Rustington URCs.

So what happened during the first year after the turn of the new millennium ?

Redecoration of the exterior walls and windows. The start of a 2 or 3 year programme to decorate the exterior of the church buildings was made at the end of April 2000. A number of volunteers ‘turned up’ in their working clothes on Bank Holiday Monday morning ready to start work on the main hall.  By the end of the week the hall and one or two miscellaneous areas had been beautifully painted leaving the East & West Halls and most of the main church building for another time. Rev Andrew Sellwood from Leicester is called to the Team.

In September 2000 a ‘Diamond Jubilee Chronicle‘ was issued, illustrating in text and picture the life of the Church from 1940 to 2000.

Also in September  the Rev Andrew Sellwood received a call from the Worthing Area Team which he accepted. Andrew,  and family moved to Worthing from Leicester towards the end of 2000. Andrew joins Margaret Ashby, Norman Croft and Simon Franklin, the other Worthing Area Team Ministers.

Old Website

After lengthy discussions and gaining elders and church meeting approvals, a website was built and finally launched  in May 2001. Preparations started during 1999.

Re-roofing of the East and West Halls At temperatures around 34°C [95°F] in August of 2003 contractors battled with the heat to strip off the old roof and replace with new felt, battens and about 3000 tiles.  this is the fist time that the roof had been attended to since the opening of the Sunday School Hall in November 1950. Rev Andrew Sellwood from Leicester is called to the Team. During September 2000 the Rev Andrew Sellwood received a call from the Worthing Area Team which he accepted. Andrew,  and family moved to Worthing from Leicester towards the end of 2000. Andrew joined Margaret Ashby, Norman Croft and Simon Franklin, the other Worthing Area Team Ministers.

Serving the Community in the 21st Century for a number of years, elders and members of the church have been considering ways in which it can better serve the needs of the community. A survey was conducted towards the end of 2011 asking for ways the church could move forward over the next years. The survey came up with a number of suggestions:- More comfortable seating, improved heating and insulation, improvements to the audio visual system, replacement roof, use the sanctuary during weekdays amongst many other ideas and suggestions.     At temperatures around 34°C [95°F] in August of 2003 contractors battled with the heat to strip off the old roof and replace with new felt, battens and about 3000 tiles.  this is the fist time that the roof had been attended to since the opening of the Sunday School Hall in November 1950./strong/strongServing the Community in the 21st Century

Emmanuel United Reformed Church

The inaugural service took place on Sunday 2 January 2005 joining together congregations from Shelley Road [previously the Congegational church in Worthing], and St Columba’s United Reformed Churches.   Formation of Joint Pastorate with St Andrew’s, Rustington Towards the end of 2003, Elders from both St Andrew’s and Goring Churches were discussing quite independently the possibility of a joint pastorate. This would enable one minister (Rev Andrew Sellwood at the present time) to focus more accurately on the two congregations.  Likewise the two congregations would be able to more readily relate to the minister. The inauguration service took place at the last ‘Team Service’ on the 17 April 2005 with the Joint Pastorate coming into being on the 1 May 2005.

Wear and Tear of the Buildings

By this time, the Church Sanctuary and Halls were showing signs of considerable ware and tear. Some leaks into the Sanctuary from the roofs were evident, and worrying leaks in and around the Cornwall Room. With this in mind plans were drawn up to completely redesign the little used Cornwall Room and thereby making it and the toilets more accommodating and useful. Towards the end of the decade in 2009, work started on refurbishing the Cornwall Room  –  a new suspended ceiling with concealed lighting was constructed, double doors connecting the new room with the main hall, –  radiators, carpeting and widened entrance doors and lobbies were included. Both the Main Hall and the Cornwall Room were decorated at that time.  Fire Action Plans and escape routes were put in place together with a fire alarm system to satisfy the new fire, health and safety laws. Safety Plans were also looked at and the documentation process started. 2010s Rev Andrew Sellwood Andrew Sellwood continued his ministry at Goring and St Andrews, Rustington.   Chronicle

Projector and Screen Towards the end of 2009 a projector was purchased and installed by a company from the midlands.


2010s

Magazine Digitized 2010

The task of digitizing 65 years worth of the Church magazine was finally completed by the end of 2010, after about three long years work of scanning  and computing. All issues of The CHRONICLE  are now available to view here,  but the archive section will require a password.

Main Hall Ceiling Replaced 2011 The main hall ceiling was disintegrating more and more and it was becoming a health and safety issue. During a two week period just before Easter,   L C Nicholas Builders came in to undertake the work of replacing the ceiling with plasterboard. At the same time we took the opportunity of insulating the area with insulation board, adding to the fibre glass in the loft which was put there 2 -3 years earlier. Little Fishes Rooms Refurbished 2011.

Replacement of the Church Roof  The copper roof which had been in place since the church opening in 1961 was replaced during the summer of 2011.

New Chairs in the Sanctuary  In December of 2012,  130 upholstered chairs were introduced.

Toilet for Harris Room   Installed Easter 2013. Leaky flat roof called for a replacement during the autumn of that year.

Heating System  Eight new gas fired individual radiators were installed in the church in December 2013.  They are non fan assisted and together with the two existing heaters in the transepts, are being controlled by an intelligent controller. The heaters are far more efficient than the redundant radiators.  The Property Management Group are fully aware that more insulation is needed to save on heating costs. Due to costs involved, wall insulation is more likely than double glazed windows.

Church Prayers are taking place again from early October 2014 to specifically pray for this Church and its people. Guidance is being sort from the Lord as to what area the Church should be focussing on.

Baptisms, Marriages and Deaths Records:  All Baptisms, Dedications, Thanksgivings, Marriages and Death records have been transcribed for easy searching on our website. Images of the original documents are also available to view.

Sabbatical:   Rev Andrew Sellwood takes his Sabbatical for 3 months, May to July 2015.

Refurbisment and improvements to the church audio system.

75th Anniversary of the Church:  4 August 2015
Special Celebration Chronicle issued.
Photos after the event.

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  ** History pages updated June 2015

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