St John Ambulance Celebration Service

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On Thursday 16th February 2017 a service was held at Bentley Pentecostal Church near Doncaster to celebrate 40 years of the St John Ambulance in the villages of Arskey and Bentley. This service was a partnership between The Gideons International and the Church.

The St John Ambulance group was started originally in Arksey 40 years ago and then moved around 3 years ago to Bentley Pentecostal Church when the premises they were using in Arksey were no longer available.

Stephen Anderson (Elder at the Church and Vice Chair of Gideons Doncaster Branch) says ‘we were delighted to be able to help our friends at St John Ambulance with the use of our Church Community Centre and have enjoyed a good partnership which has included joint services together at Christmas and Easter. At the request of St John officers the service included hymns, prayer and modern worship songs led by members of the church worship team.

Gideons have presented Bibles at a previous awards ceremony and were asked if Bibles could be presented at this very special celebration. Thanks to the great help of Tony Lovering and Jack Liquorish at Gideons National Office and the kind permission from St John HQ we were able to provide special celebration New Testaments. These were green to match the St John Uniform with their crest in gold on the front and the Brigade prayer inside.

The cadets and officers received awards from St John for their progress and achievements and Stephen presented Testaments to each one. He was also asked to give a short address in which focused on the first line of the St John Oath of Chivalry taken by all officers cadets -  which states ‘To Serve God’.

Janet Havenhand, the officer in charge of the St John group was there at the very beginning 40 years ago and received a special Presentation Bible. A further presentation Bible was sent to be on display in the St John Museum to commemorate the event. The Gideons and Bentley Pentecostal Church look forward to continuing this partnership with St John Ambulance in the coming months and years.

The photograph shows St John Officers and cadets together with Stephen & Ann Anderson
(Stephen is Vice Chair/Ann is Friends Sec. Doncaster Branch)

Please note: parental permission has been obtained by St John Ambulance for the use of these photographs.