Our final services in the Mellbecks hall were held last weekend, 21st July.
Until internal construction and decorating work is completed at our new building, the former Congregational Chapel on Market Street, our Sunday services will be held at The Ballroom behind the Kings Arms – access via the passageway between the Kings Arms and the Bank.
Our past few baptisms have been in the River Eden, just around the corner from the church building. This Sunday evening at 6.30 p.m., however, we’ll be holding our last baptismal service in the present Mellbecks hall before our move to Market Street, due very shortly.
Donovan Lurrie will be our preacher as two gentlemen are immersed in the baptismal tank, symbolising their burial and resurrection with Christ into newness of life (Romans 6:3,4).
You’ll find that today several pages on the site have been updated, for example giving names of expected preachers for the next couple of months, but that is not the big news.
We can now say publicly what has steadily been leaking out over recent weeks, that after 143 years in the meeting room on Mellbecks we are moving.
The former Congregational Chapel (built in 1864) has for many years been a retail emporium and coffee shop but the owners are retiring. Planning permission has been obtained for its reversion to serving a a place of worship, and we are grateful to God that the funds for the purchase have been raised. The legal process for the purchase is currently ongoing.
These are exiting times for the church. We have been struggling with what is now inadequate accommodation for some years and we look forward to what the Lord is going to do among us and through us as we move from a rather hidden lane to the heart of Market Street. Please pray that God will be glorified.
This morning we had a great congregation for the Family Service all across the age ranges from childhood to eighties. Here’s a photo, though unfortunately I couldn’t get everyone on using my phone camera, and it was taken against the light.
Here’s another shot. John Heron (not visible, off the right of the picture) was leading the service and spoke both about the importance of remembering – “Remember your creator” – and the truth that, when our faith is in Christ, God does “not remember” our sins.
When the service was finished chairs were moved around, tables brought in, and we enjoyed lunch together as we do regularly on the first Sunday of each month.
Tonight, for our monthly Youth Service we’re expecting Alistair Patterson from York, an evangelist with the Faith Mission, as the preacher.
We were recently given a painting showing the Gospel Hall as it was before the extension was built on the front. Some may remember it. Others may be interested.
The painting clearly shows that the building was originally two cottages. Back in 1876 when the church first started to use it as a meeting room there was no garage on the lefthand side, and no house to the right. They both came later. The then owner, Mr. Harker of the Manor House, allowed it to be used rent-free, and that continued for the next 75 years until a later Mr. Harker presented the building as a gift to the church.