Bruntsfield Evangelical Church exists to glorify God through lives being transformed by the grace of Jesus Christ.
2020 was a year of unprecedented challenge for all of us, as the Covid-19 pandemic severely disrupted personal and church life. We are truly thankful to the Lord that we were able to continue to enjoy fellowship, support one another and reach out despite the restrictions:
We continued a Sunday morning service over YouTube when we were unable to meet at the church and when numbers were restricted, and also served other churches through it and reached many who wouldn’t normally go to church.
On Sunday evenings, we benefited from messages by the Preaching Group during most of lockdown, and have subsequently been able to continue services over Zoom.
We had daily prayer times over Zoom during the first lockdown, moving subsequently to twice a week.
Small groups have continued over Zoom, and have enabled us to continue to learn, pray and enjoy fellowship together. Some other activities have also been possible online.
Basics Bank has continued throughout, and other activities have been possible over Zoom.
We have sought to ensure that everyone has contact with other church members and is supported as well as we can.
At the same time, we are aware that for many the year was especially difficult, particularly those who are on their own or who suffer from physical or mental illness. All of us have a part to play in supporting and encouraging one another while the restrictions continue and when we eventually return to more normal circumstances.
How church will look as we move through 2021 is currently uncertain, but we will aim to restart activities, including the Breaking of Bread service, as soon as it is safe to do so within Government guidelines. Meanwhile, it would be great if everyone could be involved as much as possible in the activities listed above.
Despite the restrictions, we were delighted to welcome 24 new members in the course of 2020. A number moved on, mainly after finishing their studies in Edinburgh. We have rejoiced in the birth of a good number of babies over the year. We were saddened by the passing away of Finlay Houston in January 2021. Please continue to pray for his family. We currently have 135 members, with another 94 people (including children) actively associated with the church.
During the year David Aird retired as an elder, but will continue to be very active in the church including as chair of the trustees. David has served at Bruntsfield all his life, and as an elder was particularly active in caring for older church members. We are thankful to God for his faithfulness and love.
Kat Andrews, Drew Kennedy and Thane Campbell completed their time as Ministry Trainees in July, and we are thankful for all they contributed to the church. We have welcomed Archie Winnington-Ingram and Dani Neira as our new Trainees. We continue to be grateful to the Ministry Team Leaders and others who lead activities in the church for their sacrificial service.