Saturday 11 October saw a service of thanksgiving for the opening of the new building of Lower Ford Street Baptist Church (LFSBC), in Coventry.
The official opening had already taken place on 14 September, when the Lord Mayor of Coventry, the local MP, and those involved in the construction attended.
The previous building, strategically located on the edge of the city centre and near to Coventry University, opened in 1857, but was no longer fit for purpose.
Rebuilding started in 2013 and was done by Wembrook Builders. Hillfields Evangelical Baptist Church and Durbar Avenue Evangelical Church kindly shared their services/buildings while LFSBC was ‘homeless’.
The new building, on the same site, has increased floor space by 76 per cent. It includes a modern kitchen and several multi-function rooms. It cost £963,000, and slightly more than £100,000 still needs to be raised.
Supporters from 39 churches across England and Wales joined us and brought greetings. John Stevens, national director of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches, preached from Matthew 16:13-28.
He said that Christians should engage in the mission to build the church. We should be confident because of Jesus’ promise to build his church; be faithful because Jesus is the only foundation of the church; and be bold because Jesus has given us authority to preach the gospel.
The tea afterwards was the scene of much good fellowship.