Thanksgiving Service for Church Plants

St Columba's Free Church in Edinburgh will hold a thanksgiving service on Sunday 24th September at 5 pm. The service will celebrate the work of Cornerstone and Esk Valley church plants as well as the commissioning of Rev. Ali Sewell to a church plant in Haddington. Rev. Sewell, who is an Edinburgh Theological Seminary graduate, was licenced to preach at a meeting of Presbytery last month. As part of the preparations for the church plant, he will also go through a 'Church Planter in Training' programme which will be overseen by Cornerstone and funded by The Bonar Trust. Minister of St Columba's and current Free Church Moderator Rev. Derek Lamont added, "We are looking forward to celebrating God's goodness to us and offer thanksgiving for all his provision in setting up two new churches at Cornerstone and Esk Valley and also committing a new church planting work in Haddington to his care and protection."  "We will be setting aside Ali Sewell to this work in Haddington full time for a year in the belief that God will provide for future years and that the work of prayer and evangelism will lead to the setting up of a new Gospel church in the community there.  We go forward in faith knowing God has provided every step of the way for us thus far, and knowing that he can do immeasurably more than we can ask or even imagine, yet we also take steps forward with fear and trembling, knowing our own frailties and the battles ahead."  "Please pray for these church plants - for Neil Macmillan's and Tom Muir as they lead them and especially for Ali and his family and the core team in Haddington as they set out on this great Gospel planting ministry". All are welcome to attend the service.

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