The banner in the image above was created to celebrate the 200th anniversary of LCBC. This year we mark another anniversary, the 221st year since a group of Christians met in the home of Mary Gee. This was the birth of LCBC and through the years, the 'ups' and the 'downs' we have had much to be thankful to God for.
Our anniversaries in recent years have continued to be marked in a similar attitude of thanksgiving but after the service we now have a feast, literally! The way I see it is that as the mnister it is my responsibility to sample every dish that people bring. As the saying goes, "it's a tough job but someone has to do it!".
Over the years ministry has changed but the main purpose of any church is to communicate the love of God through word and deed. The Church differs from many other organisations as we are supposed to exist for the benefit of our non-members. Our hope is that we do this through our Toddlers Group, the Solicitors Advice Surgery, the Churches Together Food Bank and the Flowers ministry. Anyone is welcome to come and use these facilities and if you would like to know more than please contact us. We would love to hear from you.
After our anniversary this year, I have the privilege of taking a 3 month sabbatical. Amongst my plans for this time is to visit the Martin Luther King Center in Atlanta, carry out some more research and then review the course I teach for our Baptist region on the subject of Worship. It will also be a treat to adopt a different rhythmn for a period of time and not have to worry about preparing for meetings and services.
Whilst I am away, the church will still be church. A church doesn't require a minister and life won't stop when I am absent. I won't say anymore just in case I talk myself out of a job! Services on Sundays will continue and so will the ministries mentioned above.
So, come and join us on a Sunday or if you would prefer to chat to someone beforehand then use our email or facebook page. The important thing for everyone to know is that you are welcome here no matter who you are.