August 7th 2010 saw the return of United We Stand
and once again proved very popular.
With the expertise of Joy and Norman Oakes putting this event together,
we raised a total sum of £750 for the chosen charity:
Trust Links Southend
The enthusiasm of the dancers, their routines, the talents of Joe,
the mediumship of Bill Rich and Joanne Green,
and our own church choir (now known as The Westcliff Singers )
the lovely duo by Joy and Norman,
the philosophy, and the attendance of
The Mayor of Southend
(who presented the cheque)
all came together to make this night a wonderful evening.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHURCH PRESIDENT
My name is Norman Oakes and I have been the President of Westcliff National Spiritualist Church, since March 2010. As some people know I was the president from 1999 to 2006 when I stepped down as President for personal reasons. The president’s post was then taken over by Mr John Philps who worked very hard to maintain and improve the Church, our thanks go to John for all the work he did in taking the church forward while he was president. John decided again for personal reasons to step down as president in April 2009. It was then that the committee invited me to come back as acting President until the Annual General Meeting this year, when I was again elected as President.
Westcliff Church has now served the community for over 100 years and in that time has tried hard to provide a Church where people can come and be supported in the happy and hard times in their lives. I sometimes think that the general public think that our movement is only about “talking to the dead” when in fact Spiritualism has a wonderful philosophy based on our Seven Principals. We believe that it is important how you live your life and how you react with other people. We are all brothers and sisters in life and all have the need to be supported by each other. We do however believe that we are also able to communicate with those who have passed and receive help and support from those who care about us from the Spirit world.
Westcliff Church is always happy to try and help the community in whatever way it can. Our support is not only for those who are able to attend the Church; we do take our message out to the community by holding events away from the church to support local Charities. We are of course also happy to talk to anyone who comes into the Church seeking spiritual advice. This can be in the form of just listening or explaining the truth that Life and Love are everlasting. It could well be that people have heard about the help that can be given through Spiritual Healing and our healers are always happy to offer that healing free to anyone who needs it.
As well as all of the above we do offer all the regular services such as Weddings, Naming Services and Funerals and more details can be found out about these from the website. Also on the Events page you will find details of all future events.
If you are able to come along to the Church I can assure you of a warm welcome and there is always someone there to chat to and the kettle is always on after the services for a cup of tea.
You have probably heard a lot of things about the Spiritualist movement some true some not so why not come along and find out for yourself.
Look forward to seeing you.
CHURCH CELEBRATED CENTENARY IN STYLE
Westcliff National Spiritualist Church celebrated its centenary in September 2006 by organising a number of events. The celebrations kicked off on Saturday 16th September with an evening of music. Performances ranged from rock to operatic arias, with voice, guitar, keyboard, flute and saxophone all represented. The evening was well attended and thoroughly enjoyable. A sense of amazement and pride prevailed at the range of talent displayed from those connected to the church.
The following Saturday 23rd September saw the culmination of much hard work by the Committee and Church members, when a Mind, Body and Spirit day was held. Advertising, together with a mass leaflet drop and the bold move of hiring a marquee for the car park paid off when around 450 visitors crossed the threshold – a record number of visitors for any event held at the church to date. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day, browsing stalls and attending workshops and free demonstrations of clairvoyance. Many took advantage of aura photography, private readings and the various therapies available.
In the main church there was an ambience of peace and calm as the therapists delivered Swedish Massage, Indian Head Massage, Reiki, Spiritual Healing, reflexology and beauty treatments. Many commented that you could feel the energy change as you walked through the door. Everyone agreed that there was a wonderful atmosphere throughout the day and that all the hard work had been well worthwhile. That evening, a demonstration of trance was held, this event too was well attended and those present had the opportunity to put their questions to Spirit.
The celebrations ended with a special centenary service held on Sunday 24th September, which was attended by Minister Duncan Gascoyne, President of the Spiritualists National Union and Mrs. Dinah Annable, Vice President of the Spiritualists National Union. Minister Gascoyne delivered an informative account of the history of Spiritualism in and around Westcliff 100 years ago. Thoughts went out to all previous Church Presidents, Committees and church members, especially to the early pioneers for playing such an integral role in founding what we have today. To mark the occasion for generations to come, Minister Gascoyne unveiled Westcliff’s new wall plaque, proudly displaying the Seven Principles of the Spiritualists National Union.
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