The International Presbyterian Church recently opened a new building in Ealing. The IPC was founded in 1969, having emerged from the work of L’Abri.
In 1979, it acquired St Helena Chapel which provided a wonderful home for the next 25 years. In the course of time, plans for redevelopment were needed but were slow in coming.
The plans were first mooted in 1990 but the building committee was not formed until 2005. Once appointed, the architect needed to factor in the listed status of the old chapel. The end result has been well received. The total cost of the project was about £3.2 million, but God has provided remarkably to meet the needs.
I have been the minister of IPC since 2003 and at the opening service I noted four things that the church had learned during the building project.
It’s been twice as difficult as was thought; it’s cost twice as much as was hoped; it’s taken twice as long as planned; and it’s been infinitely worth it. We have learned much of our God. He can do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine, and great patience is needed in pursuing his work.
At the opening of the new building, Sinclair Ferguson also preached encouragingly and powerfully from Matthew 18 on ‘Jesus and the Church’.
The opening weekend saw many visitors drawn from the surrounding area. IPC is overwhelmingly thankful to God for all that he has done.