The words of Jesus 'Love one another as I have loved you '(John 15:12) are part of the conversations Jesus had with the disciples in the Upper Room in Jerusalem before he journeyed to the Cross. He gave them, as he gives us, a model for living as his followers.
The logo for this church year links the love of Jesus to how we are called as a congregation to love each other. His love is unconditional and inclusive and challenges us to show this in the way we relate to each other in the church and in the wider community.
The logo links the meaning of the Cross as sacrificial love to how we serve one another. The towel and basin remind us of how the servant Jesus washed the feet of the disciples. Love and service belong together as we seek to care for each other. It will also challenge us as we reach out to the community as servants of Christ and seek to show, in words and actions,what it means to love as he has loved us.
Generally when you hear the phrase “Welcome back” one has either
returned from a holiday, a break off work or resumed normal life after
a prolonged period of absence.
We are not used to hearing this after being away from church for a
period of 26 weeks! However, this weekend in church we do say
“Welcome Back”, and what a great feeling it is to be able to say it!
It is great to know that church services are resuming in our church,
but at the same time we have to be aware that this is not church as
we know it. Covid 19 regulations are in place.
Never the less, we do welcome our members back to worship.
We have always said our church was open; it was just the building
that was closed. Well, the building is now once again open, and
everyone is extremely welcome. Most welcome of all is our new
minister, Rev Dave Sweeney to our pulpit. We all hope and pray that
he and his wife and family have a very happy and fulfilled time with
us here for many years in Ballymena.
When the building was closed I know many people were keeping in touch with each other through telephone conversations. This has been an enormous support to many folk who would have otherwise felt very isolated, and may I thank sincerely all those who have carried out this ministry. I know in many cases this will not stop now just because the church is open and that is so wonderful. Friendships have been formed that will last.
May I also thank Aaron and his Media team for all the work they have done over the period of the lockdown by providing the weekly bulletin, and for keeping us up to date with the life in our church. This again has been so worthwhile, and we thank this working group, not just for what they have done, and for what they will continue to do in the future.
So, we go forward in Ballymena Methodist Church. One where outreach will be different but where it will be just as important as ever.
May God bless all of us as we travel on. RR.
Reopening for Sunday morning worship on Sunday 13 September 2020 whilst strictly adhering to the Government's advice on Covid-19
38 Ballymoney Road
Tel: 028 2565 6693