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Norwich church starts jubilee countdown

ElimTroryStreetThe Elim Pentecostal Church in Trory Street, Norwich will be marking its 50th anniversary in 2008 with the help of John Pantry and Paul Jones and it is appealing for early members to get in touch to help it celebrate.
The first campaign took place in June 1958 and was led by the late Rev Ken Matthews. Over a five-year period the church met in 22 different hired halls around the city. The main Sunday meeting took place in Stuart Hall, now the home of Cinema City.
A number of the mid-week meetings took place at the Friends Meeting House in Lower Goat Lane. The Elim Church in Trory Street was opened on the 2nd November 1963.
Pastor Gerry Turner said: “We have been struggling as a church for years, but last Sunday we had over 60 in, and over 10 people were away, so we thank the Lord for growth.
“To celebrate the Golden Jubilee, the church has planned a number of special events throughout the year. Many pastors, with Norwich links, have been invited, such as Rev David Townsend, Rev Paul Riseley, and Rev Maldwyn Jones.  Dr Tony Stone, who led some of the early crusades, has also been invited.”
Other special events include, a concert with Premier Radio’s presenter, John Pantry, and also a concert with Paul Jones, an award-winning lead singer of Manfred Mann.
Church Secretary Ray Johnson would be delighted to receive any testimonies from those who were present during those early meetings, on 01603 621767


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