Halesowen Seventh-day Adventist Church organisation
4th January 2018
It is a fitting sentiment to say that Christmas came very early for the members of the Halesowen Seventh-day Adventist church in Birmingham. On Sabbath 2 December 2017 the congregation saw the organisation of their church. This auspicious event was held at the Carters Lane Baptist Church in Halesowen. The church was completely full as many came from near and far to support and witness this spectacular day. A cohort of directors, sponsors and workers from the North England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (NEC) came to officiate and support the event.
There was evidence of a great Acts 2:42 experience of joy and oneness in the attendees. It was also notable to see the support from their mother church, Bournville Seventh-day Adventist church. This new church was planted about four years ago and will be celebrating their fifth birthday next month. Under the leadership of Pastor Obinnaya Iheoma, their current minister, this is a very busy church. They have a notable Filipino membership and they exude music in every aspect of their service. Sister Vivienne Empawi gave a fitting historical account of their journey as one of the original planters of the church. They are engaged in a variety of community activities and they have a stellar and recordable church choir with a repertoire that could grace any iTunes or Spotify playlist.
In his address, NEC President, Pastor Richard Jackson, chose a familiar text from Matthew 16 verse 18 in which he expounded that "God is seeking those who understand that the real church is where Christ is the head, and the chief cornerstone. The church where Christ is the head, is the church that surrenders itself to the authority of Jesus Christ." He further went on to say that "It is not enough, however, for us, the sons and daughters of God to understand the real purpose of the church. We must also be a relevant church. Jesus said that 'the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.'"
He was, in essence, saying that the church ought to be able to take on the world without the world taking over the church. In other words, a relevant church is powerful enough to influence the climate of the world. We ought to be in the business of turning the world upside down and inside out.It is evident that the Halesowen church is making a positive impact in the local community and your prayers are solicited to strengthen the resolve of these magnificent missionaries