Posted on 22nd September 2014 at 21:30 by LCBC News in LCBC News Blog
How do you celebrate lives given in service to God and dedicated to him? At LCBC we spent a whole weekend in thanksgiving for Mr and Mrs Steadmans' 37 years of pastoring, loving and building up the Baptist Church here in Long Crendon.
On Saturday 20th September 2014 the church family, along with old friends and members of Jeff and Hannah's families, came together for a wonderful party.
There was some amazing food
good company and conversation
And even more food!
There were people eating everywhere you looked
(well we did manage to feed 250!)
After all the talking and eating came the entertainment, as only LCBC, organised by Helen and Martin Walker, can do.
Jeff and Hannah were given a special presentation cushion (not that we believe they are going to do much sitting back and relaxing), and the evening began.
There were musical pieces from classical to jazz, choral, combo and solo.
The silent monks with their
Welsh music from Elizabeth on harp and Kathy on flute
Neil's wonderful rendering of
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang - an homage to Jeff's choice of music to drive to!
Tom Finlay singing
his own composition,
accompanied by brother Jordan
Helen's version of I know him so well was heavily influenced by her years working as church administrator
And who could forget the amazing Cat's Duet by Rossini, sung by a large number of cats who popped up all over the church!
The final item was a choral piece - Howard Goodall's version of Love Divine.
There were also sketches which had us creased up with laughter (mostly poking very loving fun at Jeff) and in-jokes about vegetables, Wales and all things Welsh.
The Interview Drill:
Millie has had to find a new assistant
now that Aggie has retired
Ron and Eth did
a bit of canoodling
And even the Community Police dropped in with complaints about Jeff's behaviour
With Martin as a very dapper compere,
it was a wonderful evening,
to be remembered for a long time.
The last word belongs to Hannah who thanked all those who provided the wonderful food and entertainment and those who cleared up afterwards!