His Kingdom will know no end

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

Greetings to friends of Pilgrims Hall

It doesn’t seem so long ago since I last wrote to you. It was last Christmas, the occasion when Christians celebrate one of the most significant events in all of human history – the incarnation of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

Easter will soon be upon us when we especially recall the betrayal, trial, death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We also remember his subsequent ascension to be at his Father’s right hand and look forward to his Second Coming in glory. These events are succinctly drawn together in an expression of our beliefs in the Nicene Creed part of which is as follows:

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of being one with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
And his Kingdom will know no end.

In an age when Biblical truth is being diluted in the Church, it is worth reminding ourselves of these core doctrines which are foundational to our faith and salvation in Jesus Christ.

The Apostle Paul particularly addresses the resurrection in his first letter to the church at Corinth—Chapter 15—and exposits its centrality in our Christian belief. I encourage you this Easter to take time to read and meditate upon it. In this present time when the world’s focus is on combating disease and death, Paul reminds us that we have a hope which is certain, secured through Christ’s resurrection—the conquering of sin and death and the guarantee of eternal life. This must be our focus in these troubling days.

Re-opening of Pilgrims Hall in line with the lifting of Covid19 restrictions

Since my last message, the facilities at Pilgrims Hall have necessarily been closed in line with the Government’s lockdown measures intended to try to stop the spread of Covid19. While it has been frustrating not being able to serve those who want to make use of our facilities (although a local church has used the grounds occasionally for its Sunday worship), the closure has provided an opportunity to carry out some much needed internal repairs, refurbishment and redecoration. However, we are now looking forward to Pilgrims Hall re-opening in line with the Government’s published roadmap to unravel the lockdown regime.

From Tuesday 13th April and every Tuesday until 11th May inclusive (10am – 4pm), in line with Government guidelines, we will be offering an outside service of drinks, light lunches and homemade cakes. There will be shelter in the event of rain or, hopefully, hot sun! Please note there will be a charge for the food served.

Rendezvous Tea Room will reopen on Tuesday 18th May in the form previously enjoyed. The Bookshop will also reopen from Tuesday 13th April at its usual times, Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4.00pm. We also expect to reopen Pilgrims Hall for day and overnight retreats from 18th May onwards.

We are planning a ministry programme centred around our vision of ‘Preparing for Jesus’ Return’ which, given all the events that have happened globally over the past twelve months, together with their suddenness, speed and detrimental impacts, underscores the need to frame what is happening in a Biblical context.

At this juncture we are unable to say when it be launched but assuming the Government’s roadmap timetable remains on track, it should be possible to start towards the end of June when all the remaining restrictions are expected to be lifted. We will inform you as soon as details become known.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to all of you who have made gifts to Pilgrims Hall. We have really appreciated the financial support received especially over the past year when our normal sources of income declined substantially because of the Covid19 crisis. We give praise to the Lord for his faithfulness.

Meanwhile, our prayer is that you would have a blessed Easter and rejoice in the salvation procured for us by God’s grace through Jesus Christ who shed his blood so that we might be forgiven, restored and brought into everlasting relationship with Him.

Graham Bridger
Chair of Trustees

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