The dedication presented to Mr and Mrs Thomas Ashton in
1878 and signed by Robert Howarth. It reads:
The Members of Flowery
Field Christian Church
To Mr and Mrs Thomas Ashton
Dear Sir & Madam,
The opening of the new church offers an opportunity we
gladly embrace of expressing our great pleasure in the
realization of the hopes and labours of many years; and
also of tendering to you our earnest and heartfelt thanks
for the unvarying interest you have always shown in the
Flowery Field Congregation, for the liberal and judicious
support you have given us, and now, most of all, for the
noble generosity which has placed so beautiful a building
at our service.
We know you do not need, or desire, any
words in acknowledgment of the deep obligation under which
you have thus placed us; all the more earnestly, therefore,
do we hope we may prove ourselves in some measure worthy
of the important charge committed to our keeping.
We look on this Church as a token of your
close attachment to the locality and the people with whom
you have been so long connected, and of the deep interest
you take in their mental, moral and religious improvement.
We pray that it may be a centre for the
propagation of pure religion, that it may be hallowed
by the tenderest Christian Charities, and become dear
to us all from its religious associations. May we make
this Church a real religious home; may we enter it always
with willing feet and thankful hearts; and in it be strengthened
in those noble resolves and high aspirations which shall
purify, exalt and bless our whole lives.
In conclusion permit us to to repeat the
expression of our sincere thanks for your great kindness,
and to hope that you and all the members of your family
may have the satisfaction of realizing the hopes and expectations
you have formed in building the Church, this day dedicated
to the worship of Almighty God.