It’s been a busy weekend at Heeley Parish Church. As well as being involved in the Sheffield Diocese Crossroads Mission we have been celebrating the completion of our new building works.
Friday evening saw a special Thanksgiving and Celebration Service to give thanks for the completion of the first phase of refurbishment to our Victorian building. We were joined by Bishop Julian of Blackburn and his mission team, as well as many guests from the local community and funders of the project. We welcomed friends old and new and celebrated together, exploring the fantastic new facilities that we now have. It was a great culmination of months of hard work and everyone came away impressed with the work that has been done and excited for the new opportunities the building improvements now offer. And, of course, what’s a celebration without cake – and there was plenty to go around!
We were back in church again on Saturday morning where several of us joined our Nepalese family at their weekly fellowship, joined once again by members of the mission team from Blackburn alongside Bishop Steven of Sheffield. It was truly a privilege to enjoy the vibrant and passionate prayer and worship of our Nepalese family and share in their celebrations as Bishop Steven blessed the children and young people of the fellowship, and also blessed marriages. Joanne, from the Blackburn mission team, brought God’s word to us and we all agreed with her that our Nepalese brothers and sisters are a true blessing to us at Heeley; their love for the Lord and strength of faith in times of adversity is an inspiration. After the scrumptious cake on Friday, we once again enjoyed the fellowship of food with an equally tasty meal after the service – the curry went down a treat!
Another day and another service…or two! Our Sunday morning service this week was an opportunity to invite old friends back to church. We were thrilled to see some familiar faces return to Heeley and catch up with them over a coffee and biscuit. Rebecca, again from the Blackburn mission team, was our guest speaker and after an amusing game of ‘Guess Who’, we were challenged to consider who we are and whether we are prepared to take up Jesus’ cross in our own lives. We rounded off a busy weekend by joining with others at St John’s Park church to end the Crossroads Mission. Our music group led the worship at the service and Bishop Julian had us all thinking about how we can ‘keep on keeping on’ in mission.
It’s been a busy weekend but it has been great to see so many friends and visitors and to begin thinking about how we can now challenge ourselves to use our new facilities in exciting and loving ways.
Don’t forget, if you haven’t had a chance yet to see our newly refurbished building, there’s still time. Our Open Day is this Saturday, 19th September, and there will be lots on offer – cakes, BBQ, tombola, face painting and more. We’ll see you there!