Easter Greetings!

Pink flowers and text saying: "Easter – He is risen"

Greetings to friends of Pilgrims Hall

For Christians around the world, Easter is a very special season as we particularly remember the events that led to the arrest, trial, crucifixion, death and burial of our Lord Jesus Christ and then, by the power of God, his resurrection from the dead. The events of Easter are central to our Christian faith. Much can be said but two aspects come to mind. First, that Jesus died for our sins:

13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He cancelled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

Colossians 2: 13-15

Second, the resurrection guarantees eternal life:

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him.

Romans 6: 5-9

Yes, the cross and the shed blood of Christ are the basis for our redemption and the resurrection is the foundation for our new lives and the power of living in Jesus. As the hymn writer put it:

“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ the solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”

Turning to the life of Pilgrims Hall, it is pleasing that we have now been able to operate for some time without any disruption caused by the Covid19 pandemic. Many people have come to stay at the Hall for day and overnight retreats. We know from the feedback from our guests, that they really value the ability to come to the Hall to spend quiet times with the Lord and make use of the newly refurbished facilities that were upgraded when the Hall was closed during the pandemic, and to enjoy the grounds.

We have also welcomed many people who have attended the various seminars and Bible Study series that have been run since Christmas. The Wellspring Bookshop has been well used and the Rendezvous Tea Room has been busy as people have met together for informal fellowship.

The Trustees and Team are continuing to work together in planning our future ministry programme. We would value your prayers as we seek the Lord’s leading and direction for Pilgrims Hall going forward as we endeavour to serve Christians with the resources available to us. We will, of course, let you know in due course about future programmes by email and through our website.

I would like to take the opportunity to let you know of some personnel changes. Dave Paul, who has served as a Trustee for many years and also led Bible studies, is stepping down this month. I would publicly like to thank Dave for his faithful service to Pilgrims Hall. He will be missed. I am pleased to inform you that in May, Mark Galliers, formerly the Estate Manager at Pilgrims Hall and more recently acting leader of Harold Hill Evangelical Church, will be joining the Trustees. We are looking forward to him contributing to the work of Pilgrims Hall.

Please also remember in your prayers the Resident Team who are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Pilgrims Hall, supported by a team of volunteers. Two of our team members have elderly parents with special care needs and another is shortly expecting to give birth to a baby girl which means that resources are presently stretched. As always, we continue to thank the Lord for his faithfulness and gracious provision in meeting the needs of Pilgrims Hall.

I wish you a very blessed Easter.

Steve Dodgson
Chairman of Trustees, Pilgrims Hall

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