Loved-up couples of all ages renewed their vows at a special church service in the run up to Valentine’s Day.

Stanhill Methodist Church invited couples who were married at the church to a Valentine’s Service.

Twelve couples attended the celebratory event on Sunday, February 10 which included a worship service where they were given the opportunity to renew their wedding vows.

Some of the couples tying the knot at Stanhill Methodist church in 1951
Some of the couples tying the knot at Stanhill Methodist church in 1951
 

Church member Doreen Prescott, 70, married her late husband John at the church in 1965. She said the service was a lovely way to remember their time together.

Mrs Prescott, who has lived in Stanhill all her life, said: “It was a remembrance service so people could remember their marriages and their happy times together with their husband or wife.

“It was nice to be able to reflect on those times in the church.”

Also in attendance were Jack and Eurwen Butler who married at the church 56 years ago and John and Irene Sagar who were married in 1969.

 

Couples who attended brought photos from their wedding days which were placed on a board inside the Nab Lane church.

Following the service a reception Was held which included a heart-shaped cake and other refreshments. Minister Rev Lindsay Pettigrew, who writes a fortnightly column in the Observer, said the event was held to celebrate love, and give thanks for marriage.

She said: “It was a really sweet get-together and a nice reunion for everyone.

“The message and the theme for the day were about love and marriage and their places in our lives, and it was a very nice morning.”

John and Irene Sagar in 1969
John and Irene Sagar in 1969
 

The event coincided with the church’s year-long 175th anniversary celebrations and Rev Pettigrew said the Valentine’s Service was something they are looking at having again in the future.

She added: “The service was something they use to do quite a few years ago with another minister. Other churches have had similar services which have proved popular and we may do another in the future.”