Over the last couple of years we have been seeking God’s guidance on how to develop the premises at Strathmore Road Methodist Church that they may better serve our church and the mission of God in this community. We keep being reminded of Jesus' words in the Sermon on the Mount, when he said:
‘You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.’ Matthew 5. 14-16
The words of Jesus keep coming back to us, as we have sought the guidance of the Holy Spirit, ‘open up, let people see, live generously, you are here to be light, shine brightly.’ For many in our community, our building is a closed shop and the proposal to open up the building by building a new welcoming entrance area, kitchen and facilities that also connect to the rear garden is one that has been welcomed by the members and friends of the church.
Following the overwhelming approval of the annual church meeting the church council in June voted to agree to develop the church premises. In many ways this is just the beginning. Having made that decision of faith, we now as a whole church need to put it into action.
Firstly, we have the task of raising the money. The budget we have set based on the indicative costs for our development is £400,000. While we are hoping to raise some of this amount through grants and through fund raising the greater proportion will come through our giving as members and friends of SRMC. As such, the first action is for each of us to consider prayerfully what God is asking us to generously give in order to build the church. The project was launched officially on the 1st October as part of our harvest celebrations and at those services we were asked to go home and consider what gift we would like to give and what we would be willing to pledge in giving to the work. More information will follow on how to make your pledges and how to give.
The second task is to put together a working group to oversee the project, the fund raising, grant applications and modifications to the design. We are grateful for those who have already volunteered their time and we will be approaching others to help in this work.
The third task is in getting the design right. We still have some way to go and the design group will be in touch with the different groups this year to ascertain what modifications are needed and what will be the best design for the future of SRMC.
If you have any questions please feel free contact one of the development team.
It would be easier to keep our light hidden, but it is exciting that God is at this time wanting us to open up, be generous and to trust in him.