On Sunday 15 October 2017, a special service was held at St John the Divine to celebrate 125 years of worship in the building since its opening in 1892. The “old” church of St Mary’s on the edge of the present village had fallen into disrepair and the land for the “new” church and the funds for its construction were provided by Robert Millington Knowles in memory of his eldest son John Haslam Knowles, who died 13th August, 1890.
The Rt Revd Tony Porter, Bishop of Sherwood, preached and led the congregation in a thanksgiving prayer, remembering both the old church – which is still used for the Easter Day sunrise service and a Picnic and Praise service in August – and St John’s.
The Revd Canon Bronwen Gamble, Rector of the Parish of Wiverton in the Vale, said: “The service went very well, many people said how much they had enjoyed and appreciated it. We had about 70 people including nine children, and afterwards there were refreshments in the village hall and the showing of a video made when the children of the (then) Church school in the village performed a pageant/play telling the story of the building of the new church.”
Another report of this event can be found on the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham web site.
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