Thetford URC celebrates 200 years 

Thetford URC
A Thetford church is holding a year of celebration to commemorate its 200 year anniversary. Events include organ recitals, talks, exhibitions, and more.



The United Reformed Church in Thetford finds its origins in 1816, when a few individuals of the Independent denomination became tired of travelling the 11 miles to Bury St Edmunds each Sunday. In what was an early form of church planting, these people obtained a room in the town for public worship and religious instruction.
 
The church outgrew their meeting place, and in 1817 a new building was erected on the current site in Earls Street. As an independent Congregational Church the church became a United Reformed Church when the denomination was created through the uniting of the Presbyterian Church and Congregational Church in 1972.
 
In celebration of its bi-centenary Thetford United Reformed Church is holding a year of events including organ recitals, talks, exhibitions, and more.
 
On Saturday September 3 at 7.30pm there will be a special organ recital at the United Reformed Church as part of Thetford’s Great Festival 2016. The historic 1870 William Denman organ will be played by the church's organist William Janssen. The programme will feature music by Samuel Wesley, Bernard Johnson, Josef Rheinberger, Charles Marie Widor and a specially commissioned piece by Norfolk based composer Ronald Watson will be played for the first time. Entry is by donation and refreshments will be served.
 
On Friday September 9 from 10am – 5pm the church will be open for visitors to come and look around the building and various artefacts from the history of the church will be on display. At 3pm a talk will be given by Stuart Wright on the History of the Church and the Town.
 
The church would be pleased to hear from anyone who has any memories or photos of the church, or if they have family connections to the church. Email the church at thetfordurc@gmail.com

For futher details about the events or about the church visit www.thetfordurc.moonfruit.com 

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