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Celebrating in Marton

A weekend of celebrations in September 2019 at Marton Congregational Church in Shropshire culminated in the planting of a Memorial Tree as part of the Congregational Federation’s ‘Plant a Tree’ initiative.

Marton Congregational ChurchOn Saturday 14th a barbeque was held in the village hall where Marton members were joined by people from the local community, friends from St. Marks Anglican Church and from Forden, Minsterley and Pontesbury Congregational Churches. The afternoon involved lots of eating, chatting, competitions and a sale, which made for a fun time; it was really good to see everyone mixing.

On Sunday 15th a Songs of Praise Service included contributions from the same five churches. After the service we processed into the church graveyard.

Many years ago the burial records for the church were lost so apart from modern burials and those graves marked by headstones, there are many people buried in the graveyard whose names we do not know. Therefore, we decided to plant the silver birch tree in memory of these people.

The tree is known as the Nevett Tree, named after William Nevett who, in 1829, funded the building of the original Congregational Church in Marton, and continued to support it financially until his death. Without his generosity we would not be in the place we are today.

After the tree planting and a short act of dedication, we all went to the village hall for more fellowship, a well-earned cuppa and some delicious homemade cake.

It was a lovely weekend. It was great to have yet another opportunity to continue in fellowship with, and strengthening the bonds between, ourselves, our community and other local Congregational churches.

We thank the Congregational Federation Support Team for providing the tree and we look forward to it rooting and growing in its place, as a symbol of God’s eternal love and care for all that he has made.

Debbie Martin