A CHRISTIAN Centre has celebrated its 25th anniversary with the installation of a new cross.
Red Hill in Snitterfield was founded in 1992 by John Peet, who had a vision of the former sheep farm as an area for Christians to meet, pray and stay.
It took many years for his plans to come to fruition, but those who currently use the centre believe he was led by god.
Now the Brooker family live there to look after the buildings and their 65 acres of land. They are often visited by groups, campers and also get bookings from organisations such as Warwickshire County Council along with the local NHS, hospices and voluntary organisations.
And now the ministry has celebrated a successful quarter of a century with the installation of a new carved wooden cross adorning the hillside. It replaced the former cross which had become weather-worn.
Nearly 100 people came out to celebrate the new cross, which was donated by Christian project Via Beata. The project aims to create a ‘prayer walk’ from Lowestoft in Norfolk to St David’s in Wales along which artworks carved from timber can be found to inspire meditation and prayer.
They also welcomed the centre’s new director Tom Brooker – who took over after his father Stephen, the former director, passed away.
Long-term trustee Peter Timms says prayer and faith has helped steer the centre through many successful years and believes god has provided the answer when times got too hard.
He said: “It is clear how prayer has played such a key part and that for every vision that has been received from god, god has made provision for it. At each step he has brought forward the right people with the right gifts and talents for each need.
“We are so grateful for our trustees and supporters, some who were at Red Hill from the beginning and continue to meet here in prayer and all who work behind the scenes.
“We are now on the threshold of a whole new era in the life of Red Hill as Tom takes on the role as director.”