Congregational chapel wins carnival trophy
In the year in which they celebrated their 220th anniversary, Hayes (Middlesex) Town Chapel ran a stall in the local carnival on Saturday 12 July, as they have been doing for at least 40 years.
This year, however, for the first time, they entered three vehicles in the carnival procession. The church minibus announced the continued proclamation of the gospel for 220 years; a bright orange ‘Beetle’ illustrated the church’s support for Kisima School, Kenya; and a camper van advertised the youth activities which take place every week during school terms.
Members of the church and youth clubs walked with the vehicles, handing out sweets, balloons and leaflets, and the chapel was awarded first prize in the category for small vehicles. This included a cheque for £100 for the Kisima School.
The friends in attendance at the stall had a busy afternoon, supplying hot drinks, selling cold drinks and cakes, painting children’s faces and chatting to parents as they waited for their children. Free Christian literature was available, as well as a display of Hayes Chapel history.
On the next day, in the children’s talk the pastor displayed the trophy (a silver cup), and referred to the crown of righteousness which will be given at the last day to all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.