Reformed Church Re-dedicated
On June 27th 2010, Cockermouth URC, which was damaged in
last November's floods, was rededicated by the Rev John Marsh in one
of his final duties as Moderator before the 2010 General Assembly.
A packed church listened to testimonies from a church member and Guide
leader affected by the flooding that devastated parts of the Cumbrian
town and killed a police officer. They spoke of how the church and its
groups coped with the loss of the building.
Work to redecorate the church on the first floor has been completed
and work to restore the halls on the ground floor is nearing completion.
The church hall is named after the late Rev Dr John Marsh, a former
URC Moderator but not related to the present Moderator. His son, also
called John, redesigned the church 21 years ago.
Rev Marsh gave a moving address responding to the testimonies and how
the members of the church, local residents and workers had coped with
so much in the past eight months, using the story of Jesus having nowhere
to lay his head from the Gospel of Luke.
On behalf of the URC he thanked, and gave gifts to, local ecumenical
partners, Tony Cunningham MP, the present and former mayors of the town,
police officers and members of the Mountain Rescue, church members and
the Rev Smeaton and his wife, Nancy, all of whom did so much for the
church during and after the floods.
Pictured are Elizabeth Silman, Church Secretary of Cockermouth URC,
the Rev Alistair Smeaton, Minister of Cockermouth URC, the Rev John
Marsh, Moderator of the General Assembly, and the Rev Rachel Poolman,
URC District President, Cumbria Area. More
about the church.
Cockermouth's website /