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Eighty years a church member

Ramsay MacDonald was still Prime Minister and Fred Perry about to win Wimbledon when Irene Burdett became a member of South Bank Baptist Church.

Irene BurdettIn a remarkable feat of longevity, service and loyalty, Irene celebrated the 80th anniversary of that membership last weekend.

Irene officially joined the Middlesbrough church on 6 May 1934, a few weeks after being baptised aged 14. Although now living in supported housing she is still determined to make as many services as she can, attending almost every Sunday with daughter Doris.

Last weekend was no different and saw members share tea and a specially made cake with her following the service.

‘It’s a staggering amount of time,’ said minister the Revd Jon Edwards. ‘This has always been her church: she has remained in the area and there has been no break.

‘She has always played a full and active role – in the women's fellowship, Sunday School teacher and more. Everybody knows her, and she is always pleased to see people. She’s just someone who always has a smile on her face, and whenever someone talks about her, they smile.

‘She is absolutely the heartbeat of the church.’

Do you know someone in continuous membership in a Baptist church for a similar amount of time as Irene?
Contact phobson@baptist.org.uk

Baptist Times, 08/05/2014
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