The celebration of a church anniversary is significant because of its twofold impact: it both expresses gratitude to God and encourages members for their diligence and hard work. By celebrating anniversaries every 25 years, a congregation can involve several generations in the work of remembering the past, honouring the present and envisioning the future.
When to Celebrate
How often a church celebrates its anniversary is entirely up to the pastor and congregation. Generally, honouring a church anniversary should be done every 25 years to allow various generations to participate. Depending on the size of the congregation and financial resources, a church anniversary can be scheduled for one day or for an entire week.
The 25th church anniversary commemorates the church when it is still very young, and when the vision of the original founders is still fresh. It's important that the 25th church anniversary theme be an optimistic one that encourages all members of the congregation to dedicate themselves to the journey ahead with a sense of reverence.
By the time a church celebrates its 50th anniversary, it has achieved a certain recognition within the community, as "the church on the corner," "the church that feeds the hungry," or "the church that witnesses." On your 50th anniversary, make a declaration about what your church means today. Some suggested themes can be "Leading By the Spirit," "Transformed by God," or "Moving Forward by Faith."
Themes for the "diamond jubilee" can be "75 Years of God's Word Being Proclaimed in This Place," "75 Years of Spiritual Worship" or "75 Years of Thy Wonderful Works, O Lord." Put the celebration focus on Christ who is given credit for establishing and growing all churches that have been called into ministry.