This Sunday we have an All Age service, where our children join us for the whole service. We’ll be helped by them as they lead us in prayer, read to us, and share a drama with us. It’s a great opportunity to be a family all together.
Seeing our children reminds me that we are part of a long history, of Christians passing the message on from one generation to the next. When I was back in the UK recently, I was reminded of this in a different way, seeing churches where people have worshipped for 1,000 years—or even longer.
In a few weeks we’ll celebrate a milestone that’s not quite on that scale, but still a marker of God’s faithfulness, as our church reaches its 160th anniversary. We will have some space in the service on Sunday the 11th of October to mark this, and will also have a whole programme of events on Saturday the 28th of November.
I look forward to celebrating God’s faithfulness with you on Sunday and over the next weeks.
Pastor Lyndon Drake
There are two helpful changes to the car park system. First, the Tab Trust have restored the Lower Ground floor exit from the lifts for use on Sundays. This makes it easier to get to the church building from the car park.
Second, anyone who needs to pay for car parking (for example, those who use the car park in normal business hours for non-church parking) can do so at the barrier arm if using a credit card.
Unfortunately, there have also been problems with people from the church misusing the carpark system. This includes, for example, tailgating to get through the barrier without a ticket.
Other issues have arisen from people not following the right procedure. For example, sometimes people validate a ticket twice, which makes it inoperable.
The church’s Management Team have decided that charges will apply in some circumstances. If you need assistance outside business hours, you might need to pay to exit the car park initially. If you were not at fault you can claim the money back by contacting the church office. But if, for example, the problem was a lost or damaged ticket, the church office may not accept the claim.
Where people misuse the car park, the office staff will levy further charges. Examples include using access fobs to give unauthorised access, tailgating or lifting the barrier arm, or damaging the carpark. These charges range from $20 up to the cost of repairs.
Please contact Jenny Hughes (Church Administrator) or Andrey Issabayev (Office Manager) if you have any questions.