Rejoice and Pray (part 2)
On Tuesday we started our Easter round-up with news of a mission in Southampton and baptisms in Kenton. Today Phil Topham can tell us about two more churches and what they did for Easter.
I’m told by the weatherman on BBC Wales that you’re statistically more likely to get a white Easter than a white Christmas. As the hail hammered down during my Easter Sunday lunch I thought he had a point!
So what joy for Bush Hill Park Community Church in London who held Easter in the Park on Easter Sunday and had good weather for their mission event despite the dismal forecast.
There were also Easter baptisms during the morning service at Enfield Evangelical Free Church. You can read about both churches in the second part of our round-up below.
Of course, we can’t feature all the great things our churches are doing in one news item – but if you would like your church to feature on our website please get in touch and let me know what God is doing in your community. It would be great to hear from you.
Enfield Evangelical Free Church – Easter Baptisms
Enfield rejoiced on Easter Day with two baptisms. Rich and Chloe were baptised during Enfield’s Easter morning service and both gave their testimony to the church.
Rich explained that coming to faith had been a gradual process for him but that he probably trusted Christ for the first time in his teens. He went on to say:
“Being a Christian has truly changed and shaped my life. It has not always been easy - in fact often it’s not. It is difficult living for Jesus, there has been a lot of pain and hardship, but through all that there is great joy in knowing my sins are forgiven, that God is working for my good in all things and that I have a wonderful eternal future awaiting.
“Perhaps my favourite verse of recent times is Hebrews 7:25
‘Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.’
“Over the last couple of years I’ve been thinking about baptism and have become convinced that I should be baptised as a believer. And so I’m very happy to be with you this morning to declare publicly that Jesus has saved me and that I am seeking to live for him.”
In her testimony, Chloe revealed that she first heard the Good News about Jesus at the age of eight but it wasn’t until recently that she reflected this in her life. She shared 1 Timothy 1 v 15-16 to explain her journey to faith:
‘Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners – of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.’
“I have come to know Jesus’ mercy and patience for myself. I know that I’ve been forgiven for sins that I committed against God that were deserving of eternal punishment. On the cross Jesus switched places with me – He took the punishment that I deserve and in return I receive His righteousness and relationship with God.
“So, I am not being baptised today because of anything good about me - only because of God’s undeserved kindness towards me. I want others to experience this grace for themselves.”
Bush Hill Park Community Church – Easter in the Park
This church is based in the Bush Hill Park area of London and on Easter Sunday they held a special mission event.
It was an action drama for the whole family which moved around Bush Hill Park and revealed different characters and elements of the Easter story. As every section was revealed, it shed more light on that first Easter 2000 years ago.
Pastor Stui Chaplin said:
“This year, we wanted to do something a little different for Easter Sunday. Our great aim was to take the good news of the resurrection out into our community for people of all ages to see and interactively encounter for themselves. We couldn’t think of a better location than in Bush Hill Park itself, a public space where in the summer we have gathered for services as a church family before.
“Easter in the Park sought to guide people through the events of Luke 24, by looking around the park for clues that the children could collect and hearing from the eyewitnesses who had been there that day. Along the way we met ‘Mary Magdalene’, ‘Peter’, and ‘Cleopas’, who each helped us piece together the strange events that had occurred in Jerusalem on that first Easter.
“Despite the dismal forecast, the weather was glorious for the hour needed for around 50 of us to complete our circuit of the park and see the words of Scripture come alive in front of us. We were able to speak with another 25 people who were passing by and wanted to know what was happening.
“Please pray that the gospel seeds that were planted this Easter will go on to bear fruit.”
Missed part one? Read it here.