GREENRIGG EVANGELICAL MISSION
THE GOSPEL LIGHT
CONTINUES TO BURN BRIGHT IN GREENRIGG
It was with sadness and disappointment that Greenrigg Evangelical Church took the decision to end their work in the village. If only a few more people had supported their services the remaining members of the congregation would have kept the church going. But that was not the case, and the decision to close became inevitable.
The final service took place on Saturday 6th June 2015 at 7 pm. But it was one of thanksgiving for what God had done in the past but also one of anticipation of what God would do in the future. For the sadness of closing the church was tempered with gladness that the church building would still be used to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to the people of Greenrigg. It was announced that Benhar Evangelical Church had agreed to take on the building for the continuance of Gospel work in the community.
The first service to take place at Greenrigg after the handover was held on Wednesday 16th September. It was a baptismal service at which six born again Christians were baptised by immersion, professing their faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.
Then, on Thursday 8th October 2015, Benhar Evangelical Church held their first Good News Club for children of school age. This was the first children’s meeting to take place in Greenrigg Evangelical for several years and over twenty children turned up. Since then, the number of children attending has risen to over forty.
The Good News Club is taken by some of the ladies of Benhar Evangelical Church. This involves singing chorus’, hearing Bible stories, doing arts and crafts, memorising Bible verses, and taking part in games. It closes in line with school holidays over New Year, Easter and the Summer but usually starts back on first Thursday of each term.
Benhar Evangelical Church have a Sunday School in their church building at Eastfield. This involves the same or similar activities to the Good News Club. The Sunday School likewise runs throughout term time in line with the local schools.
Ladies from the church also lead the Scripture Union in Calderhead High School. This open for pupils to attend on Thursdays at lunchtime.
However, the ministry of Benhar Evangelical Church is not limited to children and young people alone. The church held its first High Tea at Greenrigg Evangelical on Tuesday 12th September 2017 at 1 pm. This High Tea is an ongoing part of our work and is open to all senior citizens from the community free of charge. There is often a Gospel singer or group present at these special events for older people.
During the Covid-19 restrictions towards the end of 2020, Greenrigg Evangelical once again hosted regular Sunday morning services, this time for the members and adherents of Benhar Evangelical Church who lived in West Lothian and were unable to travel through to Eastfield. The Lord's provision of buildings for worship in both counties was clear to all, and it was a great joy to hold weekly services once again in Greenrigg.
addition to all of this, in normal times, Benhar Evangelical Church continues to hold three
weekly services at Eastfield, a Morning Services which includes the Lord’s
Supper on Sundays at 11am, a Gospel Services on Sundays at 6:30 pm, and a Bible
Study and Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm. You are welcome to attend
each one of these services, especially the Gospel service where God’s way of
salvation is presented in song, testimony, and word.
Rev. Ian Loughrin, updated January 2021.
- Benhar Evangelical Church
- Covenanter Road
- Eastfield, Harthill
- North Lanarkshire
- ML7 5PB