Less than a year ago, Holy Trinity – Chatham was 4 families following God’s call to take a step of faith towards seeing a vibrant, faithful, Anglican parish church planted here in Chatham County. Now we are made up of 12 families who are committed to launching this church, with new folks kicking the tires, and even more on the way.
Two months ago (eight weeks ago), we were still meeting twice a month, in the evenings, at Martha’s studio. Then we moved to weekly evening services. Then Sunday morning services. This past Sunday was officially our fourth morning service and our first at Evergreen United Methodist. In the past four weeks we’ve been commissioned by our mother church, All Saints Church in a beautiful service in Durham, we were formally blessed by our bishop, +Terrell Glenn. And now we meet in a new location (Evergreen United Methodist) at a new time (9 AM).
There’s been a lot of change in a short period of time. But it’s all been good change, change for the glory of God and the growth of this church.
I have to say, I am so thankful to be worshiping at Evergreen. It’s a nice facility and a great group of folks to partner with for the sake of the Gospel. As we move forward worshiping there over the next year, it is our goal to be good neighbors with them – to care for their facility as if it were our own, to love and serve all who come through those doors, regardless of which congregation they are a part of.
Since 2009, those of us who were praying about planting Holy Trinity, there’s been a conviction that God was calling us to minister his love and compassion to families in Chatham County. Thanks be to God and to the hospitality of Evergreen, we can begin making real commitments to our families to love, care, and nurture the faith of their children. There’s a beautiful Nursery – without saws hanging on the walls – and we have begun the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. If you have a chance on Sunday, take a few moments to walk over and see the Atrium. It’s beautiful – a wonderful setting for the teaching and nurture of our childrens’ faith.
We have so much to be thankful for. God has been incredibly good to us. When I tell people around the Anglican Mission and others in church planting settings elsewhere our story, they are amazed. Look at what God is doing! Isn’t it beautiful? Glory to God!
As we move forward, there is much to pray about. This is God’s church. Christ is our Head. The reality is this church is for people who aren’t even here yet because our desire is to be a church that fulfills the Great Commandments, to love God and to love our neighbors, and the Great Commission: to go and make disciples, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and the Son and Holy Spirit. I am grateful to God for those of you who have joined in and become a part of this journey. This is an exciting adventure and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds!
To learn more about Holy Trinity- Chatham visit: http://www.holytrinitychatham.org