Posted by: Andy Wilson on Apr 30, 2010
Visitors to the Greenford Baptist Church building on Sunday mornings might have a bit of a shock these days. There are now so many people attending that we have to lay out extra chairs! In fact, at Easter Pastor David Wise reported we had the largest congregation ever!
Who is responsible for all this growth? Well, of course its all down to God. He has so blessed the church recently. We not only see a numerical growth in church membership (currently nearly 200) but also a growth in regular Sunday morning worshippers.
It's more than numerical growth, however, its growth in spirituality too. Many church members are meeting in small groups during the week to pray together, study the Bible and meditate on God's word (the Bible).
It's a growth in cultural diversity as well. Come inside the church building during the week and take a look around the walls - you will see dozens of national flags representing the languages and cultures of Greenford Baptist Church's large and varied family. I use the word family quite deliberately because for some of us, GBC is the only family we have. In fact, in our divided and broken society, GBC is the only family in which many of us have the opportunity to give and receive much needed love and practical support.
Sunday Morning Meetings
This cultural diversity is reflected in the many worship styles in our Sunday morning meetings. People of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds lead the worship each week ; one week we may be singing more traditional worship songs, another week more choruses. Yet another week we may have more modern worship songs and another week some African or children's worship songs. Each week is different from the last, however, overall we have a balanced mix of worship styles so that everyone can worship according to their own cultural traditions. There is always a spirit of love present.
Next there is GBC's unique 'Connection Time'. We don't do things in half-measures at GBC, especially when it comes to making connections with new people and catching up with friends. Connection time is also a great opportunity to re-fuel with tea, coffee, juice or biscuits before the final part of the meeting - the Bible teaching session.
The adult Bible teaching sessions in our Sunday meetings are led by a number of different and highly gifted people from several different cultures, so once again, each meeting is different from the previous one.
What's On in the Church
All churches are made up of local communities of God's people. Of course, Sunday mornings are only a small part of the week and many of us want to spend time with each other during the week. There is a surprisingly large number of meeting and events put on each week which are social, spiritual and more recently health and fitness related. You can see what's on each week by clicking the What's On menu option above or by navigating your web browser to gbc.org.uk/whatson.