Thursday, 8 October 2015
A Significant Anniversary for Bradley Road
I wrote the article below for a community magazine in Wrexham which should hopefully be published in November, along with the accompanying photo.
This year Bradley Road Evangelical Baptist Church marks a significant anniversary. There has been a church building on the site since 1899, but the current modern building was officially opened 20 years ago on 11th November 1995.
Many long-standing members of the church who were there that day are still with us and were actively involved in the construction. One member speaks of that time saying ‘pages could be written’ of how God provided for them so that the church could be built.
Bradley Road Church is a community of people who believe that the gospel of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is a life-changing message that is still relevant for Wrexham today. Back in 1899 the first pastor of the church, Joseph Beaupre, preached his first sermon to the church from a book in the Bible called 1 Corinthians. This verse reads, ‘We preach Christ crucified.’ He said in this sermon, ‘We preach Christ crucified because it is the power, and the wisdom of God.’ He went on to say that it was his prayer that this message would be ‘a blessing to God’s people and lead to the salvation of many in our midst.’
That is the same message that we share today and the same prayer that we pray. Over the last twenty years we have watched the church grow and diversify, just as Wrexham grows and diversifies. Whoever you are and wherever you are from, you would be welcome to visit us and find out more about what we do and why we do it. We meet every Sunday at 10:30am and 6pm. You would be especially welcome to join us for a thanksgiving service to celebrate this twentieth anniversary, which will take place on Sunday 8th November at 6pm.