A Little Good News from Morley
Morley Community Church, a member of the Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches (EFCC) was recently given a boost when the Trustees of the Zion Independent Church in Morley transferred to it their building and cemetery. The Zion Independent Church was located at the centre of the town and its congregation had ceased to exist.
Morley Community Church had never before had a permanent home in its twenty years of existence.
The accompanying 170 year old graveyard had become overgrown and during the cleanup, workers found war graves from both World War I and II.
According to the infellowship newsletter of the EFCC,
“The challenge of an overgrown graveyard was one of the first tasks to be addressed. The congregation began by tidying up – removing brambles, cutting grass, moving accumulated rubbish. In the process they discovered war graves of six casualties from both World Wars.
“This was the spark for innovative thinking. They decided to organise a unique evangelistic opportunity – a Remembrance Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony focussed on the war graves. This was held the Sunday before Remembrance Day.
“Invitations were sent to key local people and organisations. The local branch of the Royal British Legion turned up in force complete with a Standards (ie Flags) Party who accompanied the Mayor, Deputy Mayor in a formal march through the graveyard and into the chapel for the special service. Half a dozen local councillors also attended. “
For further information: (www.morleycommunitychurch.org.uk).