Hall Open Day – Saturday 5th December

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Christadelphian Hall on Moorgate in 1922

Christadelphians have been in Ormskirk since 1899, but we moved into our current hall in Moorgate in 1922. Like so many buildings that have been around in the town for a long time, people often walk past and don’t even realise it is there. (We are in between the Guide Hut and the council car park if you can’t picture it!). So if most people don’t even spot we are there, fewer have actually been in.

 

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Christadelphian Hall on Moorgate 2015

Many are unsure what is inside so on Saturday 5th December we are throwing our doors open to invite people to have a look around. It’s not a service like we have on a Sunday, more just a chance to have a good nosey at what we do. As well as free tea and coffee there will be displays about charities which we support, you can see where and how we baptise people and discover more about what we believe and how we worship.

The hall will be open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm, so why not pop along and satisfy your curiosity.

May We Eat

On Sunday 10th May Ormskirk Christadelphians took part in a global event to help those less fortunate. The #MayWeEat campaign began in May 2014. It’s run by the Meal-a-Day charity and is a whole month focused on raising funds to help those who are really in need.

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Last year it raised over £20,000. Every day Meal-a-Day helps feed over 2,500 children. They have over 40 projects spread across 12 countries in Africa, which provide food, water, shelter and clothes for many.

In Ormskirk we replaced our normal bring and share Sunday lunch with a traditional Kenyan meal. We are twinned with Christadelphians in Luyya in Kenya.   Chris and Annie Abson have visited them over the years and helped at the Nalondo School for Physically Handicapped Children.

We have regular collections to help a feeding programme taking place there.

 

Today, iIMG_3161n traditional Kenyan style, we had our hands washed by two of our members (Annie & Rachel) and were then served our meal. The usual fare of stews, curries, lasagne and chilli was replaced with plain boiled rice, beans and lentils.

This is the meal that the children would normally have as part of the feeding programme.

 

For dessert the cakes and ice cream were replaced by pineapple, bananas and Mandazis, a sort of deep fried donut, IMG_3155but without the jam in the centre and not covered in sugar!

We gave the money that we would normally spend on our lunch to the appeal. We can forget how blessed we are in this country. Even the poorest of us do not suffer the way some do overseas, so this was an opportunity put into practice the instructions of Jesus:

‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me…. whatever you did for one of the least of these … you did for me.’ Matt 25

Click here for more details on Meal-a-day click here

Click here for more details on Chris and Annie’s work overseas

Click here for more details about what we believe

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All Things New

When snowdrops appear during the winter, emerging through the frozen ground and then showing such delicacy and fragility, you know that winter won’t last forever. These beautiful little flowers bring a message of hope and happiness.  However bad things might be, they are harbingers of something better that is coming, hopefully soon.

Bad Times

Much of the developed world is experiencing hard times at present. It seems that people have become accustomed to a lifestyle that their country’s productivity cannot maintain, so for years wages have been at a standstill and public services have been cut back.

Many European nations, including Britain, have been facing an “austerity budget” in an attempt to limit national borrowing and “balance the books”. It has not been a popular strategy (ask the Greek people) and the result has been hard for many people, especially those who have lost their jobs and who now struggle to survive. No wonder people ask if there is any end to this process of cutting back and making do. All this is causing political anxiety and further unrest.

Death and Taxes

At the turn of the year, when pundits review the past twelve months and forecast how the coming year might work out, one headline said it all: “The only certainty is uncertainty”. This is particularly true as a General Election draws near.

It was Benjamin Franklin who made the now famous statement:

     “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”.

Uncertainty is something we have to cope with and we are designed accordingly. For only God knows the end from the beginning and His foreknowledge is a divine prerogative. Solomon explains that God has given us a sense of anticipation and apprehension which is quite different from the animal kingdom, but He has concealed just what the future holds for each of us.

               He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

To return to Benjamin Franklin’s comment for a moment, we know that one day we will die, but we don’t know when, and it is as well we don’t know. For if we knew, we would always be living with that deadline over us. In Bible times, when God’s prophets ministered, there was a king who was told he would live another fifteen years. King Hezekiah had that life sentence to serve, which for him and for his nation was much better than the alternative (see Isaiah chapter 38). On the other hand, Jesus once told a parable about a rich farmer who was so concerned about storing his abundant harvest that he planned larger barns, only to be told:

                “Fool, this night your soul will be required of you; then whose those things be which you have provided?” (Luke 12:20).

Divine Uncertainties

In an uncertain world, some things are unshakeably true and unalterable. The promises God has made cannot fail, for when God says something it has to happen. As one apostle put it:

                      “Let God be true but every man a liar” (Romans 3:4).

What he meant was that God’s words can never fail, even if everyone else is shown to be liars and utterers of falsehood. This is not just a put-down for mankind, although it is, that because none of us ever keep our promises absolutely. It is rather a declaration of divine certainty. God will never fail to fulfil what He has said; His words are rock-solid certainties.

God has a purpose with the earth which will include the establishment of His kingdom, or rulership, here once again. Long ago, when there were kings in Israel, God’s kingdom existed on earth and people had the opportunity to witness a better way of life in action. But that arrangement only lasted some 400 years before collapsing because of human indifference and unbelief. Then Jesus was born and he showed us what mankind is capable of in terms of a living and vibrant relationship with God. Born the Son of God, the Lord Jesus always obeyed and always pleased his heavenly Father, and he willingly gave his life for us , so that we can also share in a loving relationship with our heavenly Father.

A Living Hope

When Jesus was raised from the dead, three days after he was cruelly crucified, his resurrection was a remarkable expression of hope. When the Bible uses the word “hope”, it doesn’t mean something that might happen, as in the expression “Oh, we do hope so”. We us the word loosely as we can never be absolutely certain what will happen. When God’s prophets or apostles talk of the hope of the gospel, or urge us to put our hope in the living God (Jeremiah 17:7), they are referring to something that is certain, which gives us hope.

That wonderful hope is available for all who read God’s word and act upon it, as God requires.