Pray silence – Rushden church to hold silent auction

The Rev Shirley Baker

The Rev Shirley Baker

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A Methodist church in Rushden will sell off a number of its items in a silent auction as it prepares to move out of its current premises.

A number of items will be going up for auction, including two pianos, children’s Sunday School chairs, an ornate mirror and numerous vases.

Hope Methodist Church, in Park Road, sold its premises earlier this month and the Methodist congregation is moving to temporary accommodation at the site of the Roman Catholic church, St Peter Apostle Church, from September.

Christine Marshman, chairman of events at the Methodist church, said the auction, which will be held on Saturday, August 17, will be silent to make sure people will not be embarassed on the day.

She said people can also wear masks, or use pseudonyms, to inject some fun into the proceedings.

Mrs Marshman said: “We want to keep the day light and have some fun as it is an emotional time.

“We would like to take the positives out of the situation.

“We have some lovely items up for auction, so we would encourage people to come along and just have a look.”

Mrs Marshman said the money raised from the auction will go towards the church fund.

The Methodist community will use St Peter’s Church hall, in Hayway, from September.

There will be two churches meeting separately on the one site. The Catholics will continue to hold their services in the church while the Methodists will hold their usual services in the hall.

The auction will take place at the Park Road church between 9.30am and midday.

All items must be sold on the day and only cash will be accepted.

For more information call 01933 317719.

congregation’s vision

John Hardy, acting chairman of the re-development working party for Hope Methodist Church, said the temporary move is part of a larger vision to one day build a new church and community centre on the site of the derelict Methodist church in High Street, Higham Ferrers.

Speaking to the Telegraph last week, Mr Hardy said the group is working with Higham Ferrers Town Council to help realise the vision of a new church and community centre in the town.

He said the hope is to work with the council to create a building which is used by everybody in the community.

The auctioning of the church in Park Road was part of the plan to eventually have the new building in Higham Ferrers.

The final Methodist service at the building in Park Road, Rushden, will take place at 10.30am on Sunday, August 25,.