Greetings, and welcome to the web site of The Elim Christian Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire, U.K. What a glorious Summer we have enjoyed here in the U.K. with record temperatures and many flocking the coastal resorts both at home and overseas. September marks a change in the seasons as the early stages of Autumn begin and the nights start to close in. September is always the start of the new academic year with children returning to school and students leaving home to study at University. The start of a new season for many!
I have always looked upon this month of September as the beginning of a new season with fresh opportunities and challenges. As a Church Leader, September marks the beginning of the busy period leading up to the Christmas season. As a Church Minister, one of the great privileges I have is the responsibility to bring teaching to our congregation. As a Team here in Glossop, we regard this as a vitally important part of Church activity. As we approach this new season in the life of our Church, I have been led to focus on the early chapters of the New Testament book; The Acts of the Apostles. This records the story of the explosive growth of the Christian Church from small beginnings, to a movement that spread the message of the gospel to the entire Roman world in less that fifty years. Today, in our world, over two billion people consider themselves to be followers of Jesus Christ, and the Church in some parts of the world is currently experiencing powerful growth.
This exciting story, recorded by the historian Luke in Acts, describes how that a small group of Christ’s disciples received the power of The Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. This became the motivation that launched a great missionary movement that brought the message of the gospel to nations, cities, and communities. The title of this new teaching series will be; ‘THE YOUNG CHURCH IN ACTION’. We shall be looking at this powerful story and seeing how that this same message and this same power is available to the Church today.
Encountering the love and grace of Jesus will always bring a person into a new season in their life and experience. My prayer is that many will come to know this Jesus who has the power to change lives and impact communities bringing peace, hope, and reconciliation.
Rev Alistair L. Cole:
Senior Minister: Elim Christian Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire, U.K.