Broch Church celebrates its 175th anniversary

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A church in Fraserburgh has celebrated its 175th anniversary of ministering in the town.

The Baptist Church marked the special milestone with a weekend of special events recently.

On Saturday evening, the church welcomed ‘the Sunbeam Singers’ and also guest speaker Gordon Thomson.

Then, on Sunday the Sunbeams performed again during the church’s morning service and Gordon spoke at the morning and evening services at the church.

The Sunbeams are a family singing group from Larbert near Falkirk and consist of father, Jey; mother, Aruna; son, Colet; and daughter, Annette.

The family sings together in hospitals, hospices and churches around the UK, while Colet sometimes sings solo.

Colet won the ‘The Falkirk Herald Voice’ in 2011 after a memorable rendition of ‘Happy Rhythm’. Since then he has been fitting in rehearsals, solo performances, singing with his family and his studies.

Guest speaker Gordon Thomson serves with the Faith Mission in Drumchapel.

Gordon and his wife, Janice, work with the Faith Mission in Glasgow and are involved in Gospel missions, church services, mid-week meetings, school assemblies and door-to-door visitation.

Their work also involves bible rallies to encourage Christians’ spiritual growth. These are held at a number of locations throughout the year.

Gordon and Janice have many years experience in evangelism, pastoral work and working with all age groups.

Commenting, event organiser Norman McKenzie said: “We celebrate the anniversary every year at the end of January, so anyone can come along and celebrate it.

“The group who are singing tonight are very much a group who involved in Gospel singing”, adding that Gaither Gospel DVDs are available to purchase in the Faith Mission book shop in Peterhead.

Guest speaker Gordon Thomson commented: “I count it a privilege to share the Gospel over this weekend with Fraserburgh Baptist Church as they have been ministering for 175 years in Fraserburgh.

“I wish them God’s blessing in all the days that lie ahead.”

Commenting on his musical inspirations, Sunbeam singer Colet added: “I’m into Gospel Quartet music and at first I was very into low bass voices and hitting notes around the bottom of the piano.”

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