Even the butterfly

Since moving back into the refurbished building at Long Crendon Baptist Church (LCBC) we have had six or more Tortoiseshell butterflies fluttering around during the services. While potentially something of a distraction during the sermon (how could that be?), I like to see them as an indication of God’s blessing on the place of worship. No mention of butterflies, but Psalm 84 says:

How lovely is your dwelling place,
Lord Almighty!
—-
Even the sparrow has found a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may have her young—
a place near your altar,
Lord Almighty, my King and my God.
                                               Psalm 84:1,3 NIV

Visitor to LCBC opening service
Visitor to LCBC services

The presence of the butterflies does raise some questions, though. What did the caterpillars live on during the nine months that the church was empty apart from the builders? How have the butterflies managed to survive for several weeks? A quick binge on the church flowers once a week?

Back home at LCBC

After 9 months meeting in a local school on Sundays while our church building was being largely remodelled, we are now back home again–and it’s really great! Long Crendon Baptist Church (LCBC) is a Victorian chapel, now brought into the 21st century. We had our official opening and thanksgiving service on the weekend of 1st-2nd February, when Andy Paterson of FIEC was the speaker. Now the challenge is to be open to God to do things differently and not drop back into the safe and familiar routines. The new building is light and open, not cut off from the world around. May that be reflected in our own hearts and lives as we seek to draw people to the Cross of Christ. Here are some perspectives.

Sunday arrivals welcomed
Sunday arrivals welcomed
The new entrance is at the side.
The new entrance is at the side.
Getting settled
Getting settled

 

Praising God for his goodness
Praising God for his goodness
Nobody wants to leave
Nobody wants to leave

 

Room to move in the foyer
Room to move in the foyer