POEM FOR CPC'S 30TH ANNIVERSARY by Muriel Harding
In the 80's God thought it was right
Amongst others, to use John and Margaret White
To bring the scriptures to this place
And learn about His heavenly grace.
They didn't know if they'd survive
When they started in St. George's Drive
We now assemble in St. Meryl School
With 40-60 as a general rule.
When I first came, Chris was here
'Twas the youngsters he held most dear
Then the Crowthers came along
To unify our little throng.
To the children David loved to preach
With Punch and Judy on the beach
Came the Sainsbury's who taught us more
But nothing to do with the famous store.
There was Doris and Roger, a lovely pair
Who showed us how to love and care
And Steve and Anne who moved away
We miss them more than we can say.
There's Timothy and Cynthia out in Greece
Teaching God's words of love and peace
To Bangladesh Gundula went
Teaching how Christ's human life was spent
How to love God and one another
And treat each one as their brother.
We have the Taylors, an exceptionally friendly bunch
And Brian's sermons are full of punch.
Our Kath is supreme at the Welcome Cup
Supplying the teas and coffees we love to sup
Suzanne, Janet and dear kind Bruce
Make the Welcome a pleasure for us to use.
Dave's sermons leave us deep in thought
Isn't that how the Disciples taught?
At 10.30 before Church starts
We pray for friends close to our hearts
And we have a regular Prayer Chain
For those who are sick and in such pain.
Our Home Groups, supervised by Paul
Are greatly appreciated by one and all.
Our Elders do an excellent job
Considering we're such a diverse mob.
What would we do without Martin Mole
Who with Bryan's help, bares his soul.
With Steve and Swee on piano and Andy on guitar
What a harmonious trio they are
Debbie's voice so tuneful and clear
I nominate her for The Voice this year.
Margaret's a wizard on Overhead
Particularly when the screen goes dead
She sorts everything out in a flash
'Twould bring you and me out in a rash.
With our lively choir, we sing loud and clear
All the hymns we hold most dear.
Pamela and Stewart are always there
To console us, help us with a prayer.
There's Nancy serving coffee or tea
Before the service and it's plain to see
She loves to play her special part
By putting us all in good heart.
There's Brenda who literally must spend hours
Thinking about buying and arranging the flowers.
Our social life is full of fun
Really enjoyed by everyone
There's a talent show and several quizzes
What will be next – Mr. & Mrs.?
Avnish, Ian and Martin at the back
Keep music and sound right on track
What a mess we would be in
With no-one to control the dreadful din.
Sunday School numbers are a little bleak
We need Gold's help for us to speak
To those with children in their care
About God's forgiveness and love everywhere.
Sadly, Sue has left our friendly scene
'Cos she has moved to Leverstock Green
We wish her peace and joy and love
And God's blessing from above.
Pauline and Jim are in pastures new
Did God advise them what to do?
But luckily for us, one brilliant day
The Wilson family came our way
They settled down without a fuss
We're really glad they're one of us.
We pray God's love will always be
With this lovely family.
I think all of us at Carpenders Park
Try to hold that little "spark"
That helps us through each coming day
And with God's help, that's how we'll stay.