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Freddie’s baptism is church’s final act

Last service at Lumbutts Methodist Chapel, with baptism of Freddie Theodore Fearon, seven months.
From the left, mum Rebecca Dance, dad Danny Fearon with Freddie Theodore Fearon and reverend Alistair Newton.

Last service at Lumbutts Methodist Chapel, with baptism of Freddie Theodore Fearon, seven months. From the left, mum Rebecca Dance, dad Danny Fearon with Freddie Theodore Fearon and reverend Alistair Newton.

Many people gathered at a village church to mark the end of an era – and celebrate a family’s new arrival.

People of all ages sang carols by candlelight during a special service to mark the final act of worship at Lumbutts Methodist Chapel, in Lumbutts village above Todmorden.

But it was also a time to celebrate new life as the service incorporated the baptism of seven-month-old Freddie Theodore Fearon, pictured above with mum Rebecca Dance, dad Daniel Fearon and Minister Alistair Newton.

Freddie’s mum, Rebecca Dance, said: “It was really nice, happy and sad at the same time that the church will not be carrying on.

“It was a nice way to bow out.

“We were emotional but very proud.

“We’d really like to thank the church wardens Leslie and Pat Webster and Minister Alistair Newton for putting on the service for us and making us feel really welcome.”

Rebecca and Freddie regularly attend the baby and toddler (BATS) group at the chapel.

She hopes a solution can be found which will save the building for community use.

“We have made quite a few friends through the BATS group,” she said.

“Although it’s come to an end for the church services, I hope the building will carry on and play an important part in the community.

“It would be nice if we could still go and visit.”

Rebecca and her fiance Daniel Fearon, who live at Well Street, Todmorden, are looking forward to their first Christmas with their son Freddie.

Rebecca and Daniel will be getting married in July.

It was an emotional day for the members of the church, which has a long history in the village.

Discussions will continue in the new year to try to find a way forward and keep the building open for the community.

Church warden Leslie Webster said: “It was a lovely service to finish with.

“It’s the end of an era but discussions are ongoing to see what we can do for the future.

“We have just got to do what’s best for the building and for the area.”

 

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