Mary has attended our Church for 38 years and has firmly established herself as part of the furniture. This is her story:
Mary started attending Church as a Child when her Mum took her every Sunday. "We came from a United Free Church of Scotland in Clydebank."
"There was a "Young Worshippers' League" when we were given a booklet/card which we took with us every Sunday and had it stamped by the Church Officer as we entered the Church. When we attended another Church while on holiday we took our card with us and had it stamped there. There were prizes of nice books for those with perfect or very good attendance records. The younger children attended the first part of the service, parading in with their Sunday School teachers, then left after a couple of hymns to attend their classes, Beginners and Primary. The Sunday School for the older children was held following the church service so we were left by our parents to make our own way home, often around 1.30 pm. Once a bit older I myself became a Sunday School Teacher for the younger children."
"Our intention on moving to Blaby in 1980 was to find a church where we could 'fit in'." We planned to visit all the churches in the village to see what one would be best. As we searched for the 'park' for the children in Park Road, we discovered the Blaby Congregational Church so we made our first visit there. We did not 'try out' any of the other churches as we were made so welcome at that first service that we just kept going back there!"
"Blaby Congregational Church is indeed a family orientated place of worship, not afraid to try out new ventures but still very much aware of the Church family history"
"With regard to NHS this was my career after marriage and lasted for 35 years. Firstly part time in a chest clinic when the children were young and then at Leicester Royal Infirmary when we moved down to Blaby. I did secretarial work and enjoyed this very much, liaising between the patients and medical staff and consultants. I believe that a Christian background did definitely help me to communicate with often very distressed patients."
Thank you Mary for your commitment to the NHS and Blaby Congregational Church!