Friday, 31 October 2014

THE GRAND OPENING - 25TH OCTOBER

Conversion on the Shankill
Moving from a rented unit in a Business Centre in a side street to a refurbished building with frontage on the main Shankill Road was a great occasion for the Shankill Community Fellowship. On 25th October the ground floor room, which will house the Drop-in Centre and other weekday activities was packed as 11am drew nearer; then Derek Baxter (Baptist Missions Associate) welcomed those present but immediately asked them to vacate the building as the official opening would take place in the adjoining street.
Well over 100 people, Shankill residents and visitors from other churches, assembled in Malvern Street Derek Baxter welcomed them to the Opening Ceremony.  He thanked Gary Harpur (Architect) and Robert Greer (Builder) who had transformed the Centre and used his alliterative skills to say they had turned a bunker into a bright and beautiful building. 
Sharon Wilson (Baptist Missions Associate) read from Romans 10 and Ian Moore (Baptist Missions Shankill team member) led in prayer.  Kim Kelly, the first Baptist Missions Worker on the Shankill Road then led the children’s choir in the singing of “God is so good” and “This little light of mine”.
Derek Baxter then preached from Psalm 57:2 and started with the assertion “We believe in God most High” in contrast to those who refer to Him in such terms as “the man above”.  He referred to Him as a God who listens, a God who acts and a God who cares.  The Psalmist knew that God cared for him and Derek stressed that the new building, a place of sin transformed into a place of salvation, was open for all to come to a place where they would be cared for.
He then asked Kim Kelly to share her thoughts on the day.  Kim described it as a Special Day; she was quite overwhelmed by what God had done and grateful to the architect and builder and also to many many people who were present or had sent good wishes. Like everyone who lived in the area she had heard stories about the building’s past but looked forward to greater stories about its future. God, who was already active in the Community Kim loved so well, would work in the Centre as he had worked in the past.  Her prayer was that people would come into the Centre and then go out again ready to tell others about what Jesus had done. 
Kim then introduced Mrs Marie Foreman, principal of Malvern Primary School, who started by acknowledging the great honour she felt at being asked to take part.  The Centre was the result of much prayer and preparation and she exhorted the team to be encouraged, leaving a verse – 1 Cor 15:58 [Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain].  Mrs Foreman then cut the ribbon and declared the Centre open. 
Brian Dorman (Former Baptist Missions worker, now retired) greeted all who had come and expressed his own delight at being there before closing in prayer and giving thanks for the food.  All were then invited to come back into the Centre and go upstairs where the room which would be used for Sunday services was filled by chairs and a table spread with all manner of refreshments.
After a lengthy and relaxing lunch break those who were able to stay and a number who had just arrived made their way across the Shankill Road to Shankill Leisure Centre for a Praise Service attended by over 200.  The Children’s Choir sang again and two soloists, Jim Weir and Amy Roberts took part.  The speaker, in keeping with the team’s wish to involve the whole community, was Mr Sam Moreland of the Malvern Assembly. Greetings were brought by Pastor W. Colville representing the Association & the Directors of The Northern Baptist Corp, Mervyn Scott (Baptist Missions), Pastor Neal Gordon ( Shankill Baptist) & Walter Mc Bride representing the wider community.

The weekend concluded on Sunday morning with the opening service in the new building, conducted by Ian Grant, Pastor of the Armagh Church.

THE PHOTOS TELL THE STORY!!













OUR THANKS TO ALL WHO ATTENDED & THOSE WHO PRAYED & GAVE TO THIS PROJECT!!

THANKS MOST OF ALL TO GOD - WHO HAS DONE MORE THAN WE ASKED OR THOUGHT!!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

INVITATION

INVITATION TO ALL - FROM FAR & NEAR!!




Friday, 5 September 2014

AUGUST 2014

KICKED OFF THIS MONTH WITH OUR FAMILY SERVICE & BBQ


WE GAVE OUT THE AWARDS FOR THE COACHING 4 CHRIST WEEK






RAYMOND WAS CHIEF CHEF - ASSISTED BY ALEC!!
 OUR NEW CHAIRS FOR OUR NEW BUILDING ARRIVED











 THEY WILL DEFINITELY STAND THE STRAIN!


WE ALSO GOT OUR TABLES & CHAIRS FOR OUR NEW DROP - IN CENTRE!!


GOD IS GOOD!

Saturday, 2 August 2014

JUNE & JULY 2014

LOTS OF THINGS HAPPENED DURING THIS PAST 2 MONTHS 
- FAMILY SERVICE
- MENS WEEKEND
- TRIP TO PORTRUSH
- VISIT TO AHOGHILL COACHING 4 CHRIST
- CAP COURSE
- CEF CHILDRENS CAMP
- PRECEPTS BIBLE STUDIES
- COACHING 4 CHRIST IN THE HAMMER PITCH
- WORK ON OUR BUILDING SLOWED UP SOMEWHAT - BUT IS UNDER WAY AGAIN!!
VALERIE MURPHY FROM PRECEPTS

WE GAVE OUT 500 INVITATIONS

SHARON & BRAXTON SHARED
 A BIRTHDAY CAKE!
FINISHED UP WITH 50 AT C4C

REGISTRATION


BIBLE TALK
THE MEDALS AND TROPHIES



WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS!!

'WE SERVE CHRIST THE LORD'

Friday, 6 June 2014

MAY 2014

ANOTHER BUSY MONTH - WE WENT TO THE BAPTIST MISSIONS NITE IN LISBURN - THE LADIES HAD THEIR WEEKEND ON THE NORTH COAST! - FOOD,FUN ON THE BEACH, FELLOWSHIP AND GOOD BIBLE TEACHING!

 





 WE HAD OUR FAMILY SERVICE LAST SUNDAY - GREAT TO SEE ALL THE KIDS TAKING PART - STEPHEN GARRETT SPOKE AND ALL THE CHILDREN RECEIVED A BIBLE AT THE END









THE WORK ON OUR BUILDING PROGRESSED - PLASTERING INSIDE AND OUT DONE!! STILL LOOKING TO GOD TO PROVIDE ANOTHER  £15K!!



'I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE'