13th October 2017
The Liverpool North Seventh-day Adventist church hosted a milestone event on Sabbath 23 September 2017 when they consecrated their new church building on Park Street, Bootle. This very auspicious occasion brought visitors together from near and far including the North England Conference (NEC) President Pastor Richard Jackson and Charles Bramble the NEC Treasurer.
The Liverpool North Adventist church is just what the community in Bootle has been looking for, for quite some time. After about ten years of meeting at the United Reformed Church building to hold Sabbath services, they finally have their very own church building. It has been an arduous journey for the congregation at the formerly known as Liverpool Stoneycroft to find a church building. Birthed from the Liverpool Central Adventist church in 2006 the congregation has endured a journey akin to the children of Israel’s wilderness experience.
In the morning, a panel comprising of former pastors and members spoke of the timeline from their movement from Liverpool Central the mother church to renting a space from the United Reformed Church. The timeline mentioned a time spent in the ‘wilderness’ in which they worshipped at the Dovecot Community Centre and Library from January to May of 2017 prior to moving to their own church. The search for a church building took them to many places of which makes the appreciation of their new and permanent home much sweeter.
Charles Bramble reminisced on the time he came to visit and view the building and how he fell in love with the building and the congregation. He enthused on how blown away he was when he realised that the building had been on the market for two years. He says that fact made him conclude that God had kept the building for the members for such a time as this. He mentioned that the building was a gift from God for the members of Liverpool North so that they can continue to serve the local community. He commended the membership of the church for working hard and together in what is a momentous and prolific juncture in the life of the congregation. He said what impressed him the most was that since their start in 2006 they did not allow the absence of a building to stop them from doing God’s work.