I feel full of joy this morning!
It is a lovely sunny day,I have a cup of good coffee in front of me as I write, but above all,,there is a powerful sense of passing a significant milestone when we had the Civic Opening of Central last night.
I thought it was a wonderful occasion shared with so many good people who had travelled the journey with us,who have endured the lows and can now enjoy the satisfaction that by the grace of God,this phase is complete.
The ribbon was cut by Anna and Elliot on the oldest and one of the youngest people in the church respectively signifying this is a church for all.
It was also great to have present many friends ,other Christian leaders in the town and elsewhere ,who have been, and were again last night, incredibly supportive!
We were grateful for the opportunity to say a heartfelt thank you to the architect, the developers,the amazing young people from the 6th form college who all competed to design our logo.
I felt the collaboration was just a sign of good things to come
It was also wonderful to see Roger and Lesley Sutton and to get the chance to chat to them over a meal afterwards.
Roger spoke briefly but very powerfully about the fact that we wanted this building to be a place for the whole community especially the weak and vulnerable, and assuring The Mayor ,councillors,the local M.P. and everyone else that we want to partner with them, as we seek to bless the community in which God has placed us.
Loads of people ranging from church leaders, to people who worked for Shropshire Council, commented on how helpful the talk was. I have no doubt it will help as we seek to develop these relationships in the future
Both Roger and Adrian from the Heart of England Baptist Association prayed poweful prayers of blessing on church and community alike
So onto tonight when we have the church opening, as together,and I hope with incredible joy we celebrate all that God has done for us.
After that, it is all about being the church God has called us to be in the town centre and in our other building at Crowmoor.
Our vision has never been about building a building, it is about building community ,sharing Jesus love, and together with others ,building The Kingdom of God in this community!