ALFRETON: Wesley Church play raises £400 for Methodist Relief and Development Fund

A new Easter drama attracted packed houses to an Alfreton church and raised a bumper sum for charity.

The three-act play, “Creation”, which was staged at Alfreton Wesley Church during Holy Week, was set in the Victorian era, when Charles Darwin’s controversial book “Origin of the Species” caused a deep rift between Christians and scientists.

For one young church-going teacher sticking to her religious beliefs could mean a choice between her faith and her chosen career.

With a cast of 14, the play was the latest production by the church’s drama group, which has been presenting Easter plays for 23 years. It was part of an evening of drama and music for Holy Week, culminating in an act of Holy Communion.

Collections raised a sum of £400 for the Methodist Relief and Development Fund, which springs into action when tragedy strikes in various parts of the world.

Worship was led by the Rev Adrian Smith of Tansley and the RevDerek Kellington of South Normanton.

The organist was Valerie Cogar.

Members of the cast were: Rita Borondy, Laura Cook, Caroline Dellow, Mark Dowling, Keith Gibson, David Hopkinson, Mike Howell, Shania Khan, Nicole Limbert, Jackie McNeill, Eleanor Robinson, Amber Shaw, Arthur Stinton and Hazel Whitehead; choir members, Don Bowmer, Eileen Falconbridge, Sheila Grundy, Yvonne Hague, Jenny Hutton, Muriel and Derek Kellington, Barbara and John Needham, Hilary and Godfrey Patrick, Glen Robbins, Brenda Smith and Arthur Stinton; prompt, June Parker; lighting and sound, Craig Gibson.

Arrangements for communion were made by Ruth Turner, and assisting with the communion service were John Turner and David Smith.