Aberdeen church celebrates 150th anniversary with public party

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An Aberdeen church has celebrated its 150th anniversary with the public invited inside.

Gilcomston Church, on Union Street, celebrated its birthday earlier this month. The building opened its doors on September 5 1868 and was designed by architect William Smith.

Jerry Middleton, minister at the church, said: “We were excited to celebrate our 150th birthday and saw this as a great opportunity to invite people to see inside our church.

“We have many occasions throughout the week when the people of Aberdeen are invited into the church, but this was a great opportunity for people to come in, to meet some of our members and to find out more about our building and our weekly activities.”

It was constructed at a cost of £5,000 with work beginning in April 1867.

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Its opening documented by the newspaper at the time, The Aberdeen Journal.

The article, published on September 9 1868, read: “This handsome edifice, the erection of which was commenced in April 1878, was opened for public worship on Sunday last.

“The church was crowded on each of the three occasions and appropriate discourses were delivered by the officiating clergymen.

“It is so rare a thing to record the completion of a new ecclesiastical structure here and one that really enhances the architectural aspect of the city.”

On opening, three services were held, with all three crowded with members of the public and more than £81 was collected at the time.

A celebration was held at the weekend to mark the occasion, with it opening up for Doors Open Day for the first time.

During yesterday’s service, a special birthday cake was also cut.

Over the past 150 years, notable events have included the visit of Billy Graham, the American evangelist.

The church regularly invites members of the public into the building to see its services and runs groups such as Babies and Toddlers and Mainly Music for young ones and their parents, as well as CafePlus@Gilc for older people.