Wooler Evangelical Church in rural north Northumberland marked its 25th anniversary with a series of special services over the weekend of 1-2 September.
The services provided an opportunity both to reflect upon the faithfulness of God in establishing and sustaining the fellowship over 25 years, and also to seek his honour and blessing for the years ahead.
The preacher for the occasion was Rev. Iver Martin, principal of Edinburgh Theological Seminary, who gave a series of powerful sermons on the life of King Solomon. Contributions were also made by former pastors Joe Simms and David Larmour (now of Welbeck Road Evangelical Church, Newcastle), who reflected upon their time at Wooler.
Those gathered also heard from Andy Hunter, director for Scotland and the north of England at the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches, and Colin Hart, director of The Christian Institute, with whom the church has close ties.
To mark the special occasion, the pulpit had been engraved with the words of 1 Corinthians 9:16: ‘Woe is unto me if I preach not the gospel’. This is the same text as engraved upon J. C. Ryle’s old pulpit in Suffolk and will be a permanent reminder of the absolute necessity of keeping the gospel of Jesus Christ at the centre of church life.
Pastor Michael Veitch said, ‘We are so grateful to God for establishing a firmly Bible-based fellowship here in Wooler and for his kindness towards us over the years. Our prayer is we would remain resolutely focused upon his glory as we seek to grow together in our love for Christ, his people, and the wider community’.