At our first members’ meeting of the year the Elders set out an ambitious agenda. To make plans for the increase and continuity of word-ministry, to add more labourers into the harvest, to graft new members into the body of the church, to recognise new men and women Deacons, and to progress the remodelling of the interior of the building.
– but we had a great time thinking about the coming of the Lord to earth as a baby.
We were pleased to welcome a good number of visitors and new faces.
On the evening of 21st December we sang *both* “While shepherds watched” to the tune Cranbrook AND “Shepherds Arise” to the tune from the Copper family of Rottingdean. To the glory of God we rocked!
The Autumn months were marked by a succession of goodbyes.
The funerals were held of
– Dr Martin Warburton, husband of Rosemary Warburton, and former member of Montpelier Place Baptist Church.
– Jenny Long, member of Holland Road Baptist Church, previously dear and longstanding member of Brighton Railway Mission – Jenny had just reached retirement.
– Mike Benwell, father of Argie. Had been coming along to our church, and others, prior to becoming ill with cancer.
– John Wells (aged 95, resident of the Isle of Wight) – father of Pastor Philip Wells.
Our condolences to the bereaved and prayer that God will be the God of all comfort to them. For the believer to depart and be with the Lord is far better (Philippians 1:23)
We are thankful to God that we can report that as at 17.00 on our gift day 28th September 2014 the shortfall on our planned total (i.e. to clear the purchase and estimated associated expenses) is £475.47.
A year ago our most ambitious plan was that at this stage we should be looking to take on a loan of £70k. For us to arrive at this stage with what is – by comparison with our plan – a tiny shortfall is simply miraculous.
God is faithful.
“Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into the harvest” Matthew 9:38
We are told to pray for workers in the harvest, and during our week of prayer we have been praying about this matter and others.
Each day we have focused on one aspect – though, of course, there is a lot of overlap. Monday – ministry of the word, Tuesday – workers, Wednesday – fruitful ventures, Thursday – people, Friday – the future.
Each weekday 10.00-11.00 in the morning, and 8.00-9.00 in the evening. Do join us in person if you can come along to pray, or join us in spirit wherever you are.
We often – but not always – begin the Autumn term coming to God in prayer. Without God’s help and guidance we are dried up and useless – we pray that he would guide us and make us fruitful. We believe in the Holy Spirit! without him we can do nothing.
The sessions will be held 10.00 – 11.00 in the mornings, and 8.00 – 9.00 each evening – with guided texts and topics for each session. (Details to follow)
Please feel free to come along as you are able – or at least to be praying along with us day by day.
We are rather amazed to report, as of 11 September 2014 15:50:34 BST the purchase of our building has been completed.
While we are still doing the sums we can be confident that this has been achieved without having to borrow any money, nor take out any loans nor mortgages.
All rather amazing – we thank God.
(Apologies for not posting it sooner!)
We are pleased to announce that contracts have been exchanged, and completion should be achieved sometime next week.
It is remarkable that we are in this position ahead of schedule, with sufficient funds to finish the deal. We thank God for this miracle.
On September 28th there will be a Gift Day, and we hope that much if not all of the remaining financial shortfall can be covered.
We still have to sort out legal costs, and a number of pledges will not become active until 28th September.
From our mid-week meeting: it is good to report a number of interesting conversations were had with various passers-by on London Road.
Topics of discussion included – “where do we come from?” “hasn’t science disproved Christianity”, “I believe in Jesus but am not keen on church”. Some people took the booklets and pamphlets offered and read them with great care.
The Bible says “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news” Romans 10:15
Ben Alltimes, our community chaplain, will be leading our team of volunteers giving out literature and talking to passers-by on London Road during this week.
In the midst of an up-and-coming High Street we hope and pray for opportunity to discuss the things that will last for ever. May the Holy Spirit convince people of the good news of Jesus Christ.