Conversions, Weddings, Dedications
It’s not every day a church has five new babies to dedicate. But as Ben Holmes reveals, their recent thanksgiving service at Holbrooks Church underlines the faithfulness of God to this church in Coventry.
In Proverbs 14:4 there is great wisdom that I have tried to take on board for the church at Holbrooks.
“Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; but much increase comes by the strength of an ox.”
How on earth does that relate to the dedication of babies?
I have four children myself, so I know that the link between kids and cattle isn’t tenuous! Where there are kids, there is chaos, and yet huge blessing. You can have a spotless house, or a noisy, messy, smelly, happy one – we’d do well to remember that as churches.
One of the areas of encouragement here over the last few years has been the number of conversions, weddings, and in particular – a baby boom. And not all in that order!
So it was great to hold a service of dedication and thanksgiving for our latest batch of babies. In fact, it was one of my favourite days yet as a Pastor.
What has been a particular blessing is that the majority of the parents of these babies have been converted at Holbrooks in the past six or seven years. What is even more encouraging is that some of them were already married with kids, settled in a non-church, non-Christian lifestyle, and then the gospel broke into their lives – God isn’t limited by circumstances.
On Sunday 17th June (Father’s Day) we gave thanks to God for five new babies and four older children whose parents have been converted here.
It was hectic. We all stayed for lunch, and at the end of the day the trough (church building) wasn’t clean, but there was a huge sense of blessing.
A great encouragement
Let me give you one example to encourage you. One of the mums had grown up in the church but gone completely away. If I’m honest, I never imagined her coming back, but the Lord had other ideas, and she has returned over the last couple of years and has been gloriously saved. She now wants her kids to grow up to know the same Jesus that has saved her. Isn’t God good?
During the service we looked at the value of a human soul, and how it’s only safe when you hand it over to Jesus. We want the very best for these kids, but above all we want them to be saved. There were loads of people at church who don’t normally hear the gospel; we’re praying that God would break into their lives in the way that He has with these parents.
Children bring tremendous joy to the church so thank God for them, never make them feel unwelcome and support the parents in your church.
We have at least one more baby on the way, so Sunday School is looking healthy for the next few years. I even left church after the service feeling broody myself… however I’m happy to announce that I have since come to my senses!