This Sunday we give thanks to God as we celebrate the Church Anniversary.
Can you imagine what it was like for those who came to this area 115 years ago, to establish homes, a wider community and a Baptist Church as part of that community ?
The ancient prophet Jeremiah also challenged a group of people who had moved (not of their own choice) into a new community. He encouraged them in God’s name to settle there:
‘Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce.
Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you in exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.’
(Jeremiah 29. 5, 7)