200th birthday church gets birthday present from HLF

Sunday 11th December was a memorable day of celebration in the life of Holy Trinity Church, Huddersfield.

The congregation marked the 200th anniversary of the laying of the church foundation stone in their morning services.  At the 9.00am service hymns were sung from the original foundation-laying service in December 1816, and prayers of thanks were said for Benjamin Haigh Allen, the young man aged 23 who 200 years ago had the vision, passion for the gospel (and the wealth!) to build the church.  Each member of the congregation was invited to lay their own ‘living stone’ as their act of dedication to Christ and his church, which at the end of the day’s celebrations were placed in a simple candlelit ceremony in the crypt.

The theme of dedication continued into the 10.45am service, as three students declared their allegiance to Christ and were baptised by full immersion. They were supported by family and friends, including a large contingent of the Christian Union from Huddersfield University.  In his sermon at the baptism service, Curate Steve Harvey declared that ‘this church was built for days like today’.

And the congregation at Holy Trinity were given even more good news: that the Heritage Lottery Fund had awarded the church a grant of £184,000 to begin the work of fixing their leaking roof.  And so the celebration continued after the services, with champagne and a Georgian-themed party. 

Mike Wilkins, Vicar of Holy Trinity said: “Today has been such a memorable day for Holy Trinity.  We’ve looked back with thanks to God’s faithfulness and all that he has done here in the 200 years since the building of our church began.  We’ve looked forward, celebrating the fact that the message of Jesus remains relevant to a new generation of young adults, and thrilled that three of them were able to publicly nail their colours to the mast in baptism; and we’ve looked upwards – we are so thankful that work will soon be able to begin on our roof to ensure that this place is watertight, warm and welcoming.  I’m sure the church community here will never forget this day!”




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