In marriage terms . . .

. . . it would be bronze, but we are happy to celebrate today ten wonderful years of the Hub with prayers of thanks, food, a bouncy castle and many, many stories of lives helped and transformed.

The opportunity to take on a local building and use it for the bringing of God’s Kingdom was clearly God’s grace to us. The Hub has become an intrinsic part of the life and mission of ABC, fundamental to who we are and what we do.

So today we take time to tell the story of what God has done, re-centre ourselves and take stock of what this provision means for us. And in doing so we will express contemporary Psalms of praise to God for all the lives which have been enhanced, saved and changed through the church community of the Hub

 


“It’s still coming home,

but its just that it has been delayed a bit”, so said one England fan after the team’s semi-final defeat to Croatia. The nation hoped, the nation watched, the nation was, according to one newspaper …. ‘heartbroken’.

England is deemed to be the home of football because we invented the game; the kicking around of an inflated pigs bladder and all that…  And we see England as more than just the place where football originated. Football in some sense belongs to us and as the national sport it is something which is a part of us.

And church is home, not a place. Church is family. Church is knowing and being known and it is part of who we are. So inevitably it engages with our emotions, our hopes, the joys and travails of life; it is a place to be encouraged and a place to be consoled. Church family is the place which God has given to us, where He is present and we learn to be his people. As such church has truly become for us a home.

 


‘God . . .

 . . . calls you to the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meets’

                                                                                                                      Frederic k Buechner