Final preparations are taking place for the launch of Hope Community Church in Helensburgh on Easter Sunday.
There has been a flurry of activity by church planter, the Rev Duncan Murchison, his wife, Lydia, and the launch team, who have been making sure all is ready. The launch service will take place at Helensburgh and Lomond Civic Centre on Sunday at 10.15am. All are welcome.
Rev Duncan Murchison said: “It’s an exciting time. We want to celebrate and welcome people. Easter Sunday is a great time as everyone in the community has some sort of understanding about Easter and so it’s a great way to reach out to the community and to celebrate.”
There has been much work taking place over the past five years to get to this point.
“It’s very exciting to be at this stage,” said Rev Duncan.
He said: “There has been a vision for a church plant for Helensburgh for around five years. A group first started meeting at Glasgow City Church. That core is still here. They have been very faithful and prayerful.
“Our purpose is to make our hope in God’s love and acceptance known in our joyful worship and love for our neighbours so that every person in the Helensburgh region has the opportunity to hear and experience hope in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
A lot of work has taken place behind the scenes including creating a core group, drawing up a development plan, designing and commencing ‘Equip’ meetings around core values, which will pivot into community groups. Numerous teams have been set up including a leadership team, worship team, Sunday school and crèche teams as well as those welcoming and serving teas and coffees. They are also very well supported by the wider church.
In the lead up to the launch, church planter, the Rev Duncan, his wife, Lydia, and the launch team have been getting plans in place to ensure they can rent out the civic centre on a regular basis on Sundays to services there. They are delighted that after much hard work the church plant is set to get up and running soon.
“We’re just trying to get everything running smoothly. It’s been lots of fun – there have been lots of opportunities.”
In addition to the Sunday services, plans are also in the pipeline to run a three-week Hope Explored programme, which will be open to all.
For more details, go to: www.hopehelensburgh.org