St Andrew’s Methodist Church, on Old Lane in Beeston celebrated its 60th anniversary on Sunday 6 November 2016.
Both current and former members attended a service of celebration and thanksgiving led by the Rev Paul Bettison. Paul was brought up in Beeston and remembers visiting the new St Andrew’s as a young boy in 1956. Many local people will remember Paul’s parents who were regular worshippers at Trinity Methodist Church.
St Andrew’s is still very much at the centre of the community. The Pantomime group is going strong and the Live at Home Scheme is based there and this year has celebrated its 25th anniversary. Young people are active in the church community with all the uniformed organisations meeting weekly as does the O’Donnell School of Dance, also there is a monthly Messy Church which attracts over 20 children plus parents/carers.
A Foodbank operates from St Andrews on Mondays and there is a weekly Open Doors drop in on Wednesday morning where people are welcome to come for refreshments, a chat and support.