On Sunday 2 March, Hope Church, in Blackwood and Kirkmuirhill, had its inaugural service, which was held in the local community centre.
The church, which is affiliated to the Free Church of Scotland, was formed by a large number of former members of the local Church of Scotland, including its minister, Rev. Ian Watson.
The service opened with ‘Great is thy faithfulness’, sung by Kirsten Whitefield. How true this has been in the experience of our new church over recent days. We have found the words ‘All we have needed thy hand has provided’ to be so true.
Rev. Ian Watson gave a brief overview explaining why we have begun a new church, based on Ezekiel 33:1-19. The guest preacher, Andrew Longwe, gave an inspiring message from Joshua 3.
Afterwards, there was a time of fellowship with the opportunity to meet those who had come to support us, as well as those interested in associating with us.
Sunday evening saw the church move location to the local bowling club, but the presence of God remained with us as we worshipped together. We had three ministers with us and they all prayed for God to bless the new church, as Mr Watson continued his series in Galatians.
On Wednesday evening the church moved to a third location for its weekly prayer meeting. Plans are already being made for the purchase of land and erection of a church building (www.hopechurchblackwood-kirkmuirhill.org).