William Herbert Rutter
As can be seen by the dates on the pulpit, William Herbert Rutter was young when he commenced his ministry at Tilehurst and young when he died. He was the first minister to be appointed to have pastoral charge primarily of Tilehurst. He started the 1st Tilehurst Boys Brigade Company and this is reflected in the blue, yellow and white flowers and the anchor. The Bible reflects his ministry.
The Anniversary Waltz
The members of Whitley Methodist Church are pleased to have been invited to prepare an arrangement for the Flower Festival. Our theme of Wedding Anniversaries has inspired the title.
Confirmation - "Confirm, Oh Lord, Your Servant with Your Holy Spirit"
Confirmation is an adult commitment, which reaffirms the promises that were made on the person's behalf at their baptism.
The colours used in this design of red, yellow, and blue/purple have been chosen because
Red is symbolic of the flames of the Holy Spirit
Yellow is symbolic of light and purity
Purple is symbolic of the bishop and authority.
Finally, the cross is overwhelmingly a symbol of the Christian faith.
We will remember them
They shall not grow old as we that
are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
The harsh, startling reds, yellows and oranges in the arrangement represent the exploding horrors of war. The faded petals of the poppies remind us of the millions of lives that were expended on the battlefields. The photographs are of men named on the memorial. Now they are at peace, represented by the gentle whites and creams as the Glory of God transcends evil.
The senior members of Junior Church offer to you in this arrangement their representation of music.
Music is an important feature of Methodist worship. Here you can see how the music flows to all, interweaving sound, love and spirit.
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