Come to God with your dissapointment, frustration and anger – He can handle it.
Ephesians 4:32 – 5:2
Paul invites the church to imitate God. What could that mean?
From the depths of despair to the heights of the mountains our Lord has unfailing love for us.
Here is an overview of our main Christmas events:
Sunday Service this week: October 23, 11am, Centenary Hall, Hamilton Street
Next week: October 30, 11am, Devonvale Hall, Moss Road
On Tuesday night (18 Oct), elders, ministry leaders and members of the facility team met to plan for the next few weeks, as the church building will be out of commission for a good while. Here are some notes from their discussions:
Acts 2, 42-47 | The Fellowship of the Believers
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
We had 2 builders inspect the ceiling from floor level. One has returned with a quote to replace the ceiling. The other could not give a quote as they were unsure what extra work would need doing when the ceiling was inspected.
It also seems wise, if not essential, to replace the church roof as its state is the cause of the ceiling damage. We do not yet have quotes but it will certainly be more than the ceiling cost. It is not clear what could be covered by insurance at this stage.
More detailed inspections need to take place. When we have more information and costs, we need to start discussions about what it is right to do about the repairs or changes to the building. Due to the above factors, it seems probable that we will be unable to use our building until after Christmas.
What do we do for now?
There was a genuinely upbeat mood at various meetings this week and on Sunday – a feeling that we are in this together and want to make the most of the situation. And we are asking the right questions as we consider: “What is God calling us to do about meeting together?”
Why do we meet on a Sunday morning?
- A time set apart to worship God – singing, communion.
- All ages being supported in learning and growing in faith.
- A visible Christian presence in the community.
- A place to be challenged and resourced to be part of God’s Mission.
- A time to encounter God by His Spirit.
- A place to invite others to.
- An opportunity to meet all together.
- A hook/connecting point for people to be part of the church community.
- A time to pray together.
These elements were ranked in order of people’s top priority.
We have often tried to cover all of these objectives every week. It may be that this approach means we could do all of them less well than concentrating on a few elements. Let’s have a go and try a few things.
What is distinctive about US as a church?
- Contemporary, relaxed feel to services.
- Many people contributing.
- Wide age range of those involved.
- A band with newer songs.
Of course none of these lists are comprehensive.
Many of the things people noted as Inspiring and Challenging in our discussion of GROWTH earlier in the year related quite closely to this current change.
Here are some results from the Tuesday discussion:
It felt that, at this stage, having one service rather than multiple services was preferable.
Some Key Factors in decision making
- Being mindful of the above reasons why we meet.
- Being able to provide well for the children.
- Seating capacity similar or larger than 150.
- Ability to sort out Seating and equipment relatively easily.
- Opportunity for Tea and Coffee.
More than 10 potential venues have been identified, including other churches, local halls and close-by prospects. Some of them are being discounted as they don’t meet at least some of the above criteria, but there are still quite a number of good choices.
It was agreed that for the next few weeks we will explore various options and see what works. So please embark on an adventure with us as we try different spaces, maybe different times and even different ways of “doing church.”
We have seen a lot of support locally and genuine offers of help from the other congregations. Not just for Sunday mornings, but also for the likes of café 2:16 – which had its first successful outing across the road in the hall of the Congregational Church this week.
Hello Tilly Baptist people,
Here is a quick update about the church building and some of the ways it affects us. This Sunday we will meet at 11am at the CENTENARY HALL, Hamilton Street, Tillicoultry.
The main hall of the church building is still out of commission and it will most certainly be a matter of weeks, rather than days to resolve the issues.
We had two companies look at the ceiling and expect rough estimates by the beginning of next week. Both recommended not to enter the hall if at all avoidable.
There is no telling yet if the issues can be repaired or if the ceiling might need replacing completely. It is also too early to weigh up any pros and cons or speculate about the best way forward. The facilities team has been very proactive and the insurance company is involved.
Tonight a few brave souls will go in and move some of the equipment into storage and eventually all contents (chairs,…) will be moved into the back hall. Even though the rooms in the back of the church are not affected and could be used in principal, the lack of safe access to even open the back doors is making it less of an option. So for the time being they will be used for storage. Some of the things used for Sunday School and Creche will be moved to the Annexe for easier access.
Sunday Service – 16 October
This Sunday we will meet at 11am at the CENTENARY HALL, Hamilton Street, Tillicoultry and it is an altogether service. This arrangement is only for this Sunday. There are quite a number of options as we consider how to proceed for the next few months – we still have our focus on growth (in numbers, in depth, as well as our effectiveness in the community). There is a general feeling among the leadership that this situation presents us with opportunities as well as challenges. Please pray with us to make the most of what we have.
There will be no communion served this Sunday.
There are a few regular gatherings that happen in church during the week and we are working with those groups to find a suitable alternative. We already had an offer from the Congregational Church across the road to host Cafe 2:16 and hope to keep as many of those activities going.
Our aim is to use the Annexe more and also keep the bookings in there going as normal.
Elders election – we have another potential candidate
A few days ago we asked you to please add Amanda Nicholls to the list of eligible members. Today we can add another – Gina Alexander. We are sorry we missed them both in our original list and appreciate their gracious
communication and help in updating our records.
As far as we know, no nomination forms have been submitted yet, but if you already filled yours in and these updates change your mind, please let Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org) know and he will send you a new form. You can also use the online form to nominate; all members should have received that link. There will be a ballot box for your forms available at the service and you can also deposit them in the mailbox at the church.
The deadline for nominations is by the end of day next Sunday, 23 October
This Sunday Tilly Baptist Church will be quite different as we cannot meet in the church building as usual.
On Thursday some of the ceiling fell in and cannot be repaired immediately, therefore the main part of church is not suitable to be used at the moment.
This gives us the opportunity to do something different this week and we work out a plan for subsequent Sundays if the building is still unusable.
So this Sunday you are welcome to choose one of two options…
1. Join us for “Woodland Church” up at The Woodland Park near Alva 11:00-12:00
There is parking for about 25-30 cars and access for outdoor wheelchairs is good. It is well sign-posted coming from Tilly and we have included a map and a link at the bottom of this e-mail.
There will be activities for children, most likely coffee & tea and we encourage you to pack a lunch, bring your blanket and enjoy a picnic together afterwards.
Of course you’d want to dress according to the weather and use the facilities before you come ;-)
2. Visit another Church in the area
Please do join us or others this Sunday and pray that God would lead and guide us as this gets resolved.
Peter F and Frank K
P.S. If you know people who are not on email, please let them know of this change.
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