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Event – Golden anniversary at Scott Drive

May 2016 | by Stephen Owen

On February 21-22, Scott Drive Church celebrated 50 years of Christian witness in the Devon seaside town of Exmouth. David Jackman, former pastor of Above Bar Church in Southampton and one of the founders of the Proclamation Trust was the guest speaker on both days.

The founding of the church owes much to Rev. Arthur Seaborne, a retired pastor from Brighton, who saw the need for an evangelical free church in the town. He and eleven other Christians covenanted together to found Exmouth Independent Evangelical Church in February 1966, having secured land in the middle of a large housing estate for a church building. From the start, the church has been affiliated to the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches.

Although none of the founder members are still with us, we were delighted to welcome two grandchildren of the second minister, Rev. Finch, who reminisced about their childhood in the early days of the church.

On the Saturday, Lee Emerson, our minister for the past ten years, spoke of the continuing witness of the church in the face of many trials and disappointments. Yet today, by God’s grace, the church continues more united than ever in fellowship and doctrine, reaching out with the gospel of free grace to the lost people of Exmouth.

David Jackman then gave two talks on how to get more from private study of the Bible. These were practical and well received by the congregation, which included many from other churches in Exmouth and further afield.

On the Lord’s Day, Mr Jackman took for his text Ephesians 3:1-12. Although many today are wondering if the future has a church, he showed from the Bible the future is the church, in the ‘eternal purpose’ of God. Following the service, there was a church luncheon, closing what had been a most blessed and encouraging time. (Audio recordings of Mr Jackman’s talks on www.scottdrivechurch.org).

Stephen Owen

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