May Hill Methodists celebrate their organists 100th birthday!

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100 years old - Organist Miss Joyce Morse
Joyce Morse with Revd Dr James Tebbutt and her 100th Birthday Telegram from the Queen
BBC TV Points West with Joyce Morse on her 100th Birthday

Born on 29th December 1917 Church organist Joyce Morse continued her 100th birthday celebrations by playing at morning worship at May Hill Methodist Church on Sunday 31st December 2017.

Revd Dr. James Tebbutt, Superintendent for the Gloucestershire Circuit, said Joyce's commitment and energy is a lesson to us all. "Joyce's story is amazing. Born toward the end of the First World War, through the great depression, into the Second World War, rationing, the marriage and coronation of Queen Elizabeth, plus the many changes and innovations we now take for granted. Incredible, it says so much about living a life of faith, and continuing to offer our particular gifts".
Joyce was born in Southgate Street Gloucester and attended Quedgeley, Linden and Blakeney Primary Schools before going onto Ribston Hall. In her teenage years during the 1930's she played the piano at Quedgeley Methodist Church and after leaving school spent 42 years teaching in Birmingham, Leicestershire and the South Wales valleys. Afterwards Joyce returned to Gloucestershire as Headteacher at Longhope Infants & Junior School.

Having been organist at Longhope Baptist Church, she also helped out at May Hill Parish Church and transferred to May Hill Methodist Chapel in the 1980's when their previous organist, Russ Green, retired. Joyce herself has no plans to retire from playing any time soon. "We have a loyal congregation and I hope to play for many more years yet. I don't feel 100. I eat plain, simple food and take each day as it comes. I count my blessings, so just keep calm and carry on! The Church is part of village life which means everyone is welcome."

Ask Joyce what her favourite Hymn is, and with razor sharp response she says, " In heavenly love abiding. Simple words...says it all".

Revd Denise Hargreaves, Minister at May Hill Methodist Church, says Joyce's contribution to worship is unrivalled. "Joyce is an amazing lady and has a heart of gold! She encourages us to sing up and keep up with the music. She has a lot of grit and determination. Some years ago when she broke her arm she couldn't wait to get back playing again. She is a complete joy and used to be a major contributor to the former Parish Church Newsletter with her Methodist stories and facts. God bless you Joyce. Many Congratulations on your 100th Birthday!"

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