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MHA 75th service of thanksgiving derby cathedral

Missed our Service of Thanksgiving for our 75th Anniversary? Don’t worry – we’re giving you the chance to relive the event with a broadcast of our video of highlights from the day.

On New Year’s Eve, we’ll be doing a ‘live’ broadcast of the event at Derby Cathedral at 12noon over on our Facebook page.

You’ll be able to hear the specially commissioned ‘Fanfare for the Older Person’ composed by renowned organist and friend of MHA Nigel Ogden.

The service was led by the Revd Dr Chris Swift, MHA’s Director of Chaplaincy and Spirituality. Methodist Conference Vice President, and MHA Board member, Bala Gnanapragasam led the Prayers of Thanksgiving.

Before the service started, guests were invited to add flowers to a floral tribute which formed the focus of the Act of Memorial to remember past residents, members, staff and volunteers. During the Act of Memorial, 12 poppies were added to the display, signifying the first 12 residents to be cared for by MHA at The Ryelands care home.

Methodist Conference President, the Revd Michaela A Youngson, gave the Address, speaking of the dignity, care and love that MHA shows not just its residents and members but also its staff and volunteers.

Derby Cathedral choir sang the hymn Remember Me O Living One, written by MHA Regional Chaplain Cliff Jackson and set to music by Auchlochan Garden Village resident David Wells.

Readers were MHA’s Chair of Trustees, John Robinson CBE, and MHA Chief Executive Sam Monaghan. Prayers were read by MHA residents, staff and volunteers with the Act of Commitment led by Revd Canon Gareth J Powell, Secretary of the Methodist Conference. The Blessing was given by the Revd Dr Elizabeth Thomson, Sub Dean and Canon Missioner at Derby Cathedral.

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