A free gift!
People say there is no such thing as a free lunch, but they are wrong! With our loving God all is free. At Thornwood congregation of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) (FCC), we were reminded of God’s amazing provision.
We had been without a church building since the division in the Free Church of Scotland in 2000 and had worshipped at Thornwood Primary School. We were thankful for this, but also prayed for our own church building. However, the price of property was high. Then, out of the blue, we were offered a well-fitted church building, just ready for us to walk into.
The school had the disadvantage of being located close to another FCC congregation, in Partick. But this building lies in another part of Glasgow, where, in the providence of God, much recent outreach work has been carried out.
The congregation had already made arrangements for an outreach Bible study in Knightswood Community Centre and had done extensive leafleting and visitation to local residents, particularly in the high-rise council flats.
The new church is eminently suitable, being an easy ten-minute walk from the flats. It has flexible seating for over 200, a back hall seating 40, a kitchen and two additional rooms that could serve for a Sabbath School. The whole is in excellent condition and well maintained.
The building had been owned by a conservative Brethren assembly. Sadly this group had been in numerical decline, but its members generously offered the building to us. We have now changed our name to Knightswood Free Church (Continuing). Our services are on Sundays at 11.00am and 6.30pm, and Tuesdays at 7.30pm.