This Sunday is the church's first birthday. Daniel Grimwade from Dewsbury will be preaching for us, we'll give out some Olympic tracts as the Torch jamboree rolls into town, and enjoy a picnic together. It's a great opportunity to reflect on the Lord's many kindnesses to us. I trust that this list will stir thankfulness amongst our Hope Church friends.
Our first full year as a church. Blessings upon blessings! Among our favourites are...
Professions of Faith, and Baptisms: seven people were baptised and became church members
Birth and dedication of Amos Thomson
New members: an almost doubling of our membership from last June, to a current number of 36 members
Church Away Day at Westwood
Church Away Weekend at Blackley and Brian Jackson House
Student Away Weekend at Westwood
Our first Hope Church engagement, with a view to a wedding in August
The Joy and Blessing of Corporate Worship Sunday by Sunday at Brian Jackson House
The Ministry of the Word, on Sunday mornings, at Taste & See, on Wednesdays and in other situations
The joy of Taste & See, with preaching, food, study groups, and much learning and fun along the way
Upholding of the Elders through a very busy year of getting established as a church
The Blessing of shared times of prayer, including new prayer triplets
A full year of having Chris Burrows as an Apprentice. His ministry has included significant student work
Graham Thomson’s nearly one year of being a half-time Apprentice (to become full-time after the summer)
The launch of our Friday youth group, led by Graham
Generous donations from outside givers towards Gospel ministry at Hope.
The Lord meeting our financial needs
The Lord’s guiding of Paul and Gill Thomson in all of their treasury work
The provision of Brian Jackson House
Friendships and fellowship in the church
The support, prayers and help of many of the Lord's people, throughout the UK, as well as beyond