Now we are Five. Our last year at Hope Church Huddersfield

 

On Sunday we had our fifth birthday at Hope, with two worship services, where we were served by the excellent ministry of Ben Holmes from Holbrooks Coventry, and a great picnic in the local park. Sharing the day with such a precious church family, Sarah and I were full of thanks yet again that the Lord led us to leave London and come to Yorkshire to plant in 2010. These years really have been the Lord’s doing, and marvellous in our eyes!

Each year we put together a list of blessings, and share them as a church family on the day. Among our favourites this year are…

 

Growth in our numbers and membership. We have been over one hundred people worshiping on a Sunday morning, and a growth in membership
Professions of faith, including three Hope baptisms in the last year
Church Vision Day and Church Away Weekend
Growth in our student work, including Student Plus and the Away Weekend
Growth in Sunday School and Creche
Another Year of Internationals’ Work

The second year of the Theology Reading Group
The completion of our happy and blessed Gospel Partnership with Providence Baptist Chapel, Slaithwaite, including last year’s Holiday Club
The Joy and Blessing of Corporate Worship Sunday by Sunday at BJH. Development in our sung praise, with great musicians
The privilege of supporting ministry training for strategic work in East Asia
The Ministry of the Word, on Sunday mornings, and evenings, through Burning Issues, on Wednesdays and in other situations
Craft Club and Men’s and Women’s Breakfasts
Another happy year of our Seniors’ Meeting

A year of outreach, including street work in the middle of town, and the Carol Service in the Parish Church
Upholding of the Elders through a very busy year
Graham Thomson’s ministry in the Assistant Pastorate
The proposal that Graham and Dawn plant Spen Valley Church in 2017
Mark and Simeon’s second year as Apprentices
Our first Diaconate has had another year of committed service
The Blessing of shared times of prayer, including prayer triplets
The start and growth of The Breakfast Club, before morning worship

Generous donations from outside givers towards Gospel ministry at Hope
The Lord meeting our financial needs, and guiding Graham Powell in his treasury work
The creation of our Church Premises Team
The happy and safe arrivals of Joshua Jinks, Isaac Stead and Zoe Hawksbee
Provision of Brian Jackson House
Friendships and fellowship in the church
Support, prayers and help of many of the Lord’s people, throughout the UK, as well as beyond
Church Walks, Hospitality and Church Lunches
The start of Friday Night Football
A series of really successful Quizzes

“Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits!”
Psalm 103.2

How would you like to thank the Lord for His grace to you and us all this year?

 

 

Lewis Allen

Pastor, Hope Church Huddersfield, Director of Gospel Yorkshire, husband, father of five, football follower and dreaming fly-fisherman, Daily Reading the Bible Together blogger.

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