Guernsey Press

‘Silver service’ for elderly at Vale Church

A CELEBRATION of older people took place at Vale church on Saturday as churchgoers came together for a ‘silver service’.

Vale church Reverend Beverley Herve, left, and congregation member Beverley Linnecor helped organise a 'silver service' at the church on Saturday, which celebrated older people. (32576939)

The 30-minute service, held ahead of the National Day for Older People on Sunday, saw over 50 people sing hymns, say prayers and enjoy some homemade cake.

There was also a performance of Jenny Joseph’s poem ‘Warning’ by 13 pupils from Vale primary school.

Vale church Reverend Beverley Herve was grateful to everyone who had helped organise the event.

‘It’s the first time we’ve held something like this. It’s wonderful to see a mixture of generations here.

‘It’s what I hoped for when I first started here.’

She hoped that it would showcase the church as an important part of the parish community.

‘We want to reach out to more people, and this is a great way to do that. There are lots more people here than I predicted.’

Event co-organiser Beverley Linnecor said the event was an opportunity for people to express their gratitude for the older generation.

‘It’s been such a joyous occasion.

‘I think even the children have appreciated the chance to mingle with those that bit older than themselves.’

Hazel Le Gallez, who attends the church every Sunday, thought the service was lovely, and liked the idea of being able to celebrate the contribution older people made to the local community.

‘Generally we have quite an old congregation here, but today it’s been nice to have those who are a bit younger come and do part of the service.

‘It’s been really well attended.’