Emmanuel Congregational Church, Bootle


The commemoration

     A very impressive Commemoration Service in honour of the sons of the church who had made the great sacrifice, was held in Emmanuel Church on Sunday evening. There was a splendid attendance. At one part of the service the whole congregation silently stood while the names of the fallen were read. The Rev. A.W. Anderson, B.A., preached on Heb. 11-39 - 21-1, - a text which linked the living with the dead.
     One day, he said, they would honour the living, who on behalf of their country had imperilled their lives on sea and land; but that night they were met to honour the fallen. If they could, they would lay a wreath upon the grave of each. They had died ere the end had come, but it was due to such as they that victory had been won. They had faced a foe who attempted to make himself invincible by the frightfulness he had planned, but it was those who loved freedom who had proved invincible. Nations welded into a military machine had been broken by nations who believed in free spirit. Their sons had forgotten self. How they had flocked to the colours in the early days of the war. The spirit they showed was fine; but when slowly the realisation of the awfulness of modern war permeated the nations the spirit was finer still; men hated to go but grimly went. Their sons knew how to endure. They had built a rampart of their bodies and held the foe until he could be driven back. No one, except those who had been out, could know what they endured. Yet this resolution never wavered. It was at the Front that optimism had reigned - not at home. When the world held its breath in suspense there was no doubt yonder. And they knew how to die. Therefore they could snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat. Outnumbered they fought until they fell. The motto of the Lancashire Division might, with slight alteration, have been the motto of many, "They will or die who wear the Rose of Lancashire." So they greatly lived and nobly died. They has bought freedom at the cost of their lives. It was a big price they paid, but it was not paid in vain. They had made the world safe for the liberty-loving. They had laid us all under a debt. The debt was still growing; for the inspiration of their sacrifice still exercised a cleansing influence, and the example of their endurance was a spur to urge men to carry forward the task they had bequeathed. They had dreamed their dream of a nation made one and a world set free, and had bequeathed it to us. Their warfare was over, but ours had but begun. The material victory had been won - the moral was yet to win. It was for them to realise that their sons had joined "the cloud of witnesses" and looked to them to fulfil the tasks they had left unfinished.
     After the sermon, Mrs. John Seeds, who is the possessor of a magnificent bell-like voice, sang with great feeling "Crossing the Bar."
     On Sunday, as our advertisement columns shows, Mr. Anderson begins a series of sermon-lectures on the After Life. Mrs. Seeds, who is visiting her father, Mr. A. Dall, of Crosby, is again expected to sing.

WALTON TIMES Friday 3rd January 1919

     Members of Emmanuel Congregational Church, Bootle, gave a hearty greeting on Wednesday evening to a number of their men who have returned from the Front. There was a large social gathering, and as a prelude an appetising supper was served by ladies of the church.
     At the close Mr. Scorgie proposed a toast wishing health and happiness to those who had returned. Members of the church were certainly very pleased to welcome them home. They might find things a little bit crooked just now, but there was every reason to believe they would straighten themselves out soon. He wished the boys good health, and thanked them for all they had done for their country. (Applause.)
     Mr Jackson Jones gave an interesting little speech in seconding. We cannot but think, he said, on an occasion like this, of the boys we all knew and admired, boys who before the war had proved their manly character and sterling worth. Without any hesitation they joined up at the outbreak of war, and some have paid the supreme sacrifice. But we thank God that so many of you have come back safely, and that there are more to come. And we want you to feel tonight that this is a real welcome right from our hearts. On behalf of the church you love - that we all love - I thank you for the part you have played, in this, the greatest crisis that England - and all she stands for - has ever been called upon to pass through.
     The toast was received with warm acclamation.
     Afterwards an entertainment was given, ladies and friends of the church contributing music and songs. During this portion of the proceedings, the Rev. W. Thomas, Mission pastor, remarked that he thought the Mission had done well in regard to the Forces. Now their members were returning, plenty of work could be found for them in association with the church. Very heartily he thanked the young men for their services.
     The Rev. A.W. Anderson, B.A., the pastor of Emmanuel, who prior to accepting the charge at Bootle had some experiences at the Front, gave interesting reminiscences, and expressed the satisfaction it afforded him to see the boys attending church on their return home. This, he remarked, had been one of the biggest periods in the world's life, and those who fought for us had helped to make history. They had fought and done well for their country, and he hoped they would now enrol themselves as active members of God's army against the forces of evil.
     Among the Chairman's supporters was Councillor Harris, who, as readers know, had a rough experience of war.

WALTON TIMES Friday 21st March 1919 

     On Thursday a very enjoyable social evening was given by the ex-service men of the Church and Mission to the ladies of the War Comforts Committee. The programme was full, varied, and well arranged, and much credit is due to Mr. T.A. Lloyd and the members of his committee for the good fare provided.
     There were two novel competitions; an "Old Bill" Competition, in which everyone took part in an endeavour to find that famous character and accost him with one of his own equally famous questions. Miss Catt was eventually fortunate and was suitably rewarded for her discovery of our mutual friend, "Old Bill." The Silhouette Competition was very popular and exceedingly well arranged, the prize being won by Miss Pringle.
     During the evening there was a varied musical programme which commenced with a pianoforte solo, skilfully rendered by Miss Pringle. The solos rendered by Mrs. Seed (Miss Norah Dall), were (a) A Little Irish Song; (b) Songs my Mother Sang; (c) A Birthday (by Cowan). Mrs. Seed's rendering of these beautiful songs was beyond praise, and very greatly appreciated by all, the only regret being that there was not time for encores. A duet, "The Battle Eve," was ably rendered by Messrs. T. Elston and W. Smith. An elocutionist of much ability was discovered in Miss Dorothy Towers, who gave very skilful renderings of "Jones Minor's Recitation," and "Foolish Questions." This was Miss Towers' first appearance at Emmanuel, but we venture to predict that it will not be the last.
     The great event of the evening was introduced by Mr. T.H.A. Lloyd, who spoke on behalf of all the ex-service men belonging to both the church and the mission. He desired to express on their behalf the deep sense of gratitude and appreciation they felt for all the many kindnesses that had been shown to them during the past four years by all the members of the church. It fell to his lot to ask Mrs. Scorgie, the secretary of the War Comforts, to accept on behalf of the ladies a handsome mahogany clock. It was the desire of the men that the clock be placed in the Ladies' Workroom as a permanent memorial of the work that they had done so well, and as a mark of the appreciation of the ex-service men (applause).
     Mrs. Scorgie, in accepting the gift on behalf of the ladies, said that she did so with very great pleasure. When she first heard of the men's desire to entertain the ladies she really felt that it was altogether more than they should do, in that during the last four years they had suffered so much hardship and even faced death in order that the people of this land might be free. She was very proud that the ladies of Emmanuel had been able to be of some service to the "boys," and when she remembered that during the four years of war there had been subscribed and expended just upon 1,000 by the people of Emmanuel for comforts for the "boys," she was intensely proud. But that the "boys" should so appreciate their efforts by subscribing and presenting them with this gift was greatly appreciated by them, and only testified to the fine spirit they possessed - not being content with facing death and sacrificing comforts, enduring hardship, they now crowned all by showing their appreciation of what attempts had been made to comfort them (applause).
     To each of the ladies of the committee a scroll, suitably inscribed, was presented as a personal memento.
     Rev. A.W. Anderson, B.A., who occupied the chair, said he was very proud to be privileged to preside at that gathering. He was intensely proud of the "boys" who had been out yonder and those who had served their country in its hour of need - and intensely proud that at Emmanuel they had such a noble band of ladies who so readily and willingly sacrificed themselves in order to bring some comfort for those who had left home and faced danger at the call of duty.

WALTON TIMES Friday 26th March 1920