Rev. Norman Owen
Rev. Norman Owen
On Sunday 13th March we held an event to celebrate Norman’s life and what an afternoon it was.
140 people were in church that afternoon, coming from our own church and the surrounding area to join with Max and Sandra’s family and some of Norman’s old friends from Netherton. Even great grandson Jack, recently having left hospital, was able to join us but Daphne unfortunately was in hospital.
Rev. Mark Sherman welcomed everyone before David Morgan presided over an afternoon of reminiscences and stories.
Three of Norman’s favourite hymns linked the service together:
To God Be The Glory
Give Me The Faith
And Can It Be
Linda Carsburg played the organ for us and the full church sang with the passion that Norman would have enjoyed. Linda also accompanied Ron Vaughan from Shifnal Male Voice Choir who sang two solos. A superb performance.
To take us on a trip through Norman’s life we had Brian Paton talking about Norman’s early life . David Lea on Norman as a sportsman, friend and first contact with Shifnal many years ago.
Ann Lane and Val Counacher gave us a view as Senior Stewards at Shifnal and Albrighton and as close friends. Ken Pugh spoke for the congregation and Malcolm Insall presented excerpts from two of Norman's famous odes.
So we recalled Norman the friend, the preacher, the sportsman and the poet. All illustrating his humour, friendship and care that he showed for others.
Max and Sandra shared some family thoughts and stories from the past but the highlight was still to come.
Ray Williams has video recordings of televised services in Shifnal and Madeley and with some editing we ended the service with Norman preaching to us in only the way he could and he was able to lead us in the Grace together. Superb, wonderful and very moving. (Click on the photograph of Rev. Owen to see the recording)
As the day drew to a close the sun slipped lower and enabled us to view a presentation of slides reflecting on a few of the pieces that made up the huge jigsaw that was Norman’s life.
The afternoon finished with a super tea and many stopped for refreshments and a chance to talk with friends. Norman’s spirit was with us and we are sure he would have enjoyed the tribute as much as all those who were there.
Thanks to all who contributed, helped and joined together to remember one of Methodism’s great men. All were able to take home a copy of Pippa Thorneycroft’s tribute which she prepared for the Methodist Recorder.