The end of each Seminary year is marked by our Thanksgiving Service. It is good opportunity to gather as a Seminary community with our lecturers, friends, family, and supporters and give thanks to the Lord for His goodness over the last year. We hear the testimonies of students who have completed the pastoral training course, and pray for them as they enter ministry.
It was not possible to meet in the usual way this year because of the current restrictions. Nevertheless, we still wanted to give thanks, and to pray for our departing students. So, on the last day of term we had a brief service on Zoom. We were encouraged that over 100 were able to join us.
Students completing the course this year each gave a brief testimony:
Bjorn Perera, awaiting confirmation of a call as assistant pastor to a church in Essex.
David Childs-Clarke, called to a church plant in Swindon.
Eduardo Lemos, called to ministry in Brazil
Fabio Silva, now pastor of Ridley Hall Church, Battersea.
Klaas-Jan Gunnink, about to begin ministry as assistant pastor of Emmanuel Church, Chippenham.
Steve Burton, now a pastor of Dunstable Baptist Church.
Spencer Cunnah, Chair of Trustees for the Seminary, led in prayer for these students.
Bill James preached from 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, urging us to pray for these students that they should be worthy of their calling, fruitful in their ambitions, productive in their labours, and that ultimately they would glorify the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you would like to see the Service, the video is available online here.
Please continue to pray for us. We are encouraged that even in spite of all the constraints of recent months the Lord is sending us a good group of new students in September. May the Lord use the Seminary for His glory and the extension of His Kingdom.