10th March 2017

Early on Sabbath 4 March, the Watford Town church on Brixton Road was a hive of activity as final preparations were made to welcome members, both current and former, to the 2017 Homecoming Day celebration. The car parks were filled early as the visitors and members came to ensure that they had the best seats in the house.

Sabbath School started with the song service by the youth praise team, the lesson review was conducted by local elder Richard Henry, who presented a quick review of the quarter's lessons before challenging us to review the current week's lesson. Sabbath School superintendent, Ann Holness, delivered a special presentation about the church as the Bride of Christ, with Chelsea Shurland dressed as the beautiful bride of Christ.J3M_95311

Our visiting friends, the Filipino International Chorale and Brother Everol Dixon of the Croydon church, provided meaningful and uplifting music for the Sabbath School and Family Service. The church was packed to capacity as Androulla Best, accompanied by husband Tony on piano, led the congregation to sing songs poignantly declaring the anticipation of our Lord's soon return.

Everol Dixon J3M_9540preceded the sermon with a warm rendition of Wintley Phipps, 'Forever Yours'. Pastor Brighton Kavaloh was the speaker for the day. During his presentation, 'Always and Forever, Mine', he expounded a refreshingly enlightening sermon on the story of the prodigal son, illustrating God's amazing unconditional love for us all. He challenged the congregation to revisit the story to explore a new perspective through the eyes of the father, the prodigal son and also, through the eyes of the seemingly forgotten elder son who remained at home.

A lovely lunch was provided for all, members and visitors alike, who enjoyed sweet fellowship together in the Charlotte Evett Hall until the afternoon programme which explored the historical significance of songs we sing in church. The congregation enjoyed singing well-known, favourite songs and meaningful specials provided by our friends from the local Romanian church and our very own Pastor Andrei Balan and family.

Homecoming Day was truly memorable and we extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Sabbath School team and fellow church members for organising such a lovely day.

[Karl Johnson]


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