ON THIS ROCK
11th April 2014
What do you do when you visit the building site of your new church for the first time? For Dunfermline members the answer is simple: You bury a Bible. That is literally what happened on Friday, 11 April as an expression of the basis on how this new church will be used.
Dunfermline members have waited for a long time for their new building to be erected. It is being constructed on the site of their old church which had to close in 2011 due to severe flood damage and deterioration. Following many discussions and lots of planning the work has finally started.
One of the highlights members decided on was to come together and pray for the builders, the contractors and all the activities on the site until it is time to hand the building over to the congregation. Placing a Bible under the floor of the building was part of this action, recognising before God that this Bible would also serve as a reminder of His presence here. The Bible was wrapped in a plastic bag and then placed in a hole where the concrete floor would be poured a few days later. Each of the participants had an opportunity to pray and then the work continued.
Some texts came to mind during the simple ceremony: "You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one." [Isaiah 44:8] "And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it." [Matthew 16:18]
The Dunfermline congregation is currently meeting next door to the church address on Gordon Terrace, using the church of the Latter-day Saints. It is a blessing to have good neighbours who care and provide a place for worship. From the window in the room where the group meet on Sabbaths they can see the progress of their building on a weekly basis.
Grace Bull comments: "We thank our God for the progress we see at last, and for the financial assistance from all who have helped so far."
The members ask for prayers and financial help where possible. With an area as large as Greater London, the Scottish county of Fife has only the one Seventh-day Adventist church. This church is the life blood for the whole area, and it will be servicing a number of towns as it has done for some time. With the membership of the Scottish Mission growing steadily over the last few years, there is no doubt that God has bigger plans for this area.
The new church is planned to be digitally advanced and aims to attract many from the surrounding community and other congregations for a visit. This building will also be one of the best buildings in the Scottish Mission for recording television quality programmes and music. With this in mind, the members are keen to start using this building as a safe place for seeking souls in need of a Saviour. So they will always remember: On this Rock.