Greetings from Rev. Alan Merchant Minister from 1981-1984

I well remember the three years spent at Wednesfield, which included having the joy of seeing both Churches at Wednesfield and Wood End working together and accepting one another. For both Churches it meant losing their existing buildings, which must have been very difficult and upsetting for many long-standing members. However, for both Churches, the prospect of a new joint Church was a challenge they both accepted graciously.

I recall the meticulous care taken over the building of the new Church supervised by the owner of a local building firm owned by Harry Griffiths who was also an active member of the Wednesfield Church. The new Church is a lasting memory of his achievement of which he was justly proud. Everything had to be perfect and it was, Harry made certain of that

To my mind the design of the Church was first class including the provision of a room(s) separated from the Church by a concertina screen where meetings could be held and where very young children could be taken with the option of listening to the service. The Church was also a brave venture in the fact that from the outset it encouraged ecumenical participation. Many will have noticed the foundation stone laid by the Rt. Rev. Barry Rogerson who had at one time been a much-respected vicar at Wednesfield and was at the time Bishop of Wolverhampton.

Madge and I have very fond memories of the folk at Wednesfield whom I hesitate to name . but I will mention just one, Evelyn Griffiths who became Madge's closest friend and a very wise counsellor and a wonderful Christian. Suffice to say it was one of the happiest times of our lives in ministry; I treasure one photograph, my favourite, taken on the newly laid lawn at the opening of the new Church. We are most grateful to Pearl and Geoff who over the years have kept in touch.

We send our good wishes and God's richest blessing to everyone at Wednesfield, it doesn't seem like 25 years ago we were with you. May you grow from strength to strength in the power of the Spirit.

Love Madge and Alan

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