Monday, December 21, 2015

Living Waters, Chorley

Six years ago John Lacy, pictured here with his wife Michelle, took over as senior leader for Living Waters church in Chorley from his father Tony.  I can well remember being present for the transition services - the farewell on the Saturday and the induction on the Sunday,

From that time the church has continued to see continual and sustained growth.  It is a thriving and impacting church with strong links into the community and supporting mission works overseas.  There were around 400 people present for the Christmas service at which I preached and which was followed by a hog-roast supper.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Bude, Cornwall

There are not many more picturesque places in Cornwall than Bude and it was great to return to the church which, for the past three years has been pastored by Steve Ellerington (pictured here with his wife Natasha)

Return visits give me the opportunity to appreciate how a church has developed since I was last there and, while always a pleasure to attend, I was aware on this occasion of an increased sense of church 'family' and appreciation of the worship team who, from point of view had stepped up to a whole new level.

From a personal point of view it was great to spend time with Steve and Natasha.  Both of their fathers were Elim ministers before they retired and were fellow students with me in Bible college in the late Sixties.  In other words, I have know this couple since they were born and to see them with three lovely children of their own, watching the pastoral care and fine leadership with which they serve the church was really something special.  If you are holidaying in this part of Cornwall this year, Bude Christian Fellowship is a church you would not want to miss.