Benhar Evangelical Church
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 of 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 is closed for the summer months but will start back on Thursday 31st August at 7 pm.
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 starts back on Sunday 27th August at 1pm.
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. This year, the church plans to hold its first High Tea at Greenrigg Evangelical on Tuesday 12th September at 1 pm. This High Tea is open to all senior citizens from the community and is available free of charge. There are plans to have a Gospel singer / group present for the first of these special events for older people.
In addition to all of this, Benhar Evangelical Church continue 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, 20th July 2017.