Wording for a Church's 100th Anniversary Invitations

by Audrey Farley
Church anniversaries are often celebrated with a special service, in addition to a gathering.

Church anniversaries are often celebrated with a special service, in addition to a gathering.

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Many churches celebrate centennial and semi-centennial anniversaries. Anniversary celebrations provide church leaders, congregants and members of the community an opportunity to gather together and worship God for blessing years of ministry. Written invitations for a church's 100th anniversary should include certain wording so that invitees appreciate the importance of the event and also feel welcome and wanted.


Include a scripture verse or passage from the Bible about churches or communities of the faithful. For instance, Matthew 16:17 says, "And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it." Psalm 111:1 says, "I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord." By including biblical wording about the church, the invitation reaffirms the powerful tradition of church, which gathers together Christ's disciples.


Mention the church's anniversary. For instance, write, "Please join us in celebrating 100 years, as we gather to praise God for blessing this ministry." Emphasize that the focus of worship is God, rather than the church leaders or congregation, since it is through God's blessing and mercy that all things are possible.


Briefly discuss the church's history or evolution. For example, write, "Since our humble beginnings, we have grown to 10,000 members of God's faithful. Over the years, we have touched the lives of many through worship, community outreach and service." Indicate that there will be pictures, photographs or displays of the church over the years, if so.


Use language and wording that makes the invitee feel welcome. Write something such as, "Your participation would enrich our worship, since you are a part of God's ministry at [Church Name]". In addition, reinforce that all are welcome at God's table, so that even Church members who may have been absent or drifted away from the church will feel welcome to attend.

About the Author

Audrey Farley began writing professionally in 2007. She has been featured in various issues of "The Mountain Echo" and "The Messenger." Farley has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Richmond and a Master of Arts in English literature from Virginia Commonwealth University. She teaches English composition at a community college.

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