AN artist has completed a painting to help his Methodist church mark its 100th birthday.

Derek Slater, of Ferryhill Station, spent two months on the artwork to celebrate the centenary of Windlestone Methodist Church, Chilton.

The large oil painting features Jesus Christ plus a number of images portraying important events from the last century.

Mr Slater, 65, said: “I’ve attended the church for about 20-years and I am very proud of the painting and I think it has gone well.

“I’m pleased to have helped to mark the 100th anniversary and I’m proud that it’s going to be on show in the church.”

Methodists bought the land from the Eden family of Windlestone Hall and work began in April 1913. A church hall was also later built by subscription.

Officials have several anniversary events lined up including a show of paintings by Chlton Primary School pupils.

Treasurer, Arnold Stapleton, said: “We feel that we need to mark the contribution made by the foresighted Methodists who created the church.

“We’re pleased that Derek agreed to create the painting and we hope it will become a well know local work of art.”

The church has a 6pm service 6pm on Sundays and a 2pm fellowship service on Tuesdays.

The flower festival runs between tomorrow (Friday, May 24) and Sunday (May 26).

Entry on Friday is by ticket only. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday are £1.50 with children 50p and doors open between 10am and 4pm.