A Bridlington chruch is celebrating 175 years in service to the people of Bridlington with a range of events this week.
Christ Church, on Quay Road, was the new church in the town when it was built by John Rennard in 1840-1 at a cost of £2,300, before opening for service on May 23, 1841.
The idea for another church in Bridlington came in the late 1830s when the town’s population of 5,405 could not be accommodated in the 1,000-seat Priory Church.
Vicar Jonathan Couper said: “Generations have come and gone at Christ Church. Each generation since then has had the aim of bringing Christ first to the people of Bridlington Quay – the newly growing part of Bridlington in 1841 around the harbour area – and beyond.
“We have built on those past generations, but each decade has brought its unexpected challenges and unique opportunities to us on the earth, but God always had at that time something in mind to accomplish.”
The building was enlarged in 1851, and a spire was added to the tower before a clock and peal of six bells were placed in the tower in 1859. The interior was transformed in the early 1960s by George Gaze Pace.The ancillary building was designed by Michael Green in 1992. English Heritage gave Christ Church a Grade II listing with its special interest as an early Victorian Gothic Revival church.
The congregation at Christ Church has arranged a week of celebration with events throughout this week all free of charge.
The events for the rest of the week are: May 12 - Billy Graham film, 7.30pm (booking required); May 14 - The history of Christ Church, 10.30am and 11.15am and Ceilidh with The Shamrock Experience, 7pm; May 15 - Sunday Celebrations, 9am, 11am and 6pm. Members of the public can visit the display of ‘Christ Church through the ages’ on show all week.
For more information or to book call 01262 404100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.