"Committed to preaching and teaching the Word of God in order
to point men, women, young people, and boys and girls to Jesus Christ as
Saviour and Lord."
March 27th 2005 – It’s hard to believe, but it is exactly 12 years
since CavanBaptistChurch was formed. We started off
with 14 foundation members who signed a Covenant at a meeting in the Farnham
Arms Hotel in Cavan to officially constitute as CavanBaptistChurch.
Ian Grant had been responsible for a Bible Study and a Sunday Fellowship
meeting in the area for just 15 months before that. But today Easter Sunday
2005 he preached his
last sermon for us. Ian, Judith and the family have moved to temporary
accommodation for the next few months as Ian takes up his work with SIM in Ireland.
They can be contacted at Flat 4, 83 Moy Road, Dungannon, Co Tyrone, BT71 7HG,
or bye-mail at email@example.com . They hope to
move into their new house at Carnreagh, Craigavon by June. Their farewell
and commissioning service is on Friday 1st April at in CBC. Ian would just like to thank
everyone who has prayed for him in his pastoral and church-planting ministry
over the last 15 years in Portadown, Mullaghmeen and Cavan. Please continue
to pray for them in a new sphere of work with SIM. Pray for us as a Church
too, that God will soon lead us to a new pastor of His choice. Thank-you!
February 10th 2005 – Today we had the joy of
sending out one of our members on a one year Short Term Associate programme
with SIM. Edwina Dewart from Loch Gowna, Co.
Cavan will be living and working in Addis Ababa
for one year. She arrived safely on Thursday night and is settling in to a
whole new set of experiences. You can find out about the type of work she
will be involved in by looking up the SIM web-site and
going to the Ethiopia
pages. Edwina will be working with an HIV / AIDS programme.
January 23rd 2005 – Today we had another
opportunity to record our Sunday morning service for broadcast on
Shannon-Side / Northern Sound Local Radio (94.8FM). It will go on air next
Sunday morning 30th January following the news. The singing was excellent, Tim
Coyle prayed, Mark Brodie read the Scriptures from
Colossians 1:13-23 and Ian preached a message based on that passage entitled
‘This is the Gospel’, making the pointthat we need to make sure we believe the true
Gospel and that we are preaching the true Gospel in our churches in Ireland
today. You can see the text for the message on the ‘Sermons’
page of this web-site.
November 28th 2004 – ‘Yes, it’s
official!’ Today Ian Grant announced
that he will be leaving CavanBaptistChurch on Easter Sunday 27th March 2005.
That Sunday will also be our Anniversary Sunday - 13 years since we began to
meet together as a Fellowship and 12 years to the very day that we
constituted as a Church. Ian has been with us from the very beginning. Ian
has just been appointed as SIM-Ireland Director. He will be based in the SIM
office in Belfast, and will have
responsibility for all SIM career missionaries and short term workers who
have gone out from Ireland.
He will be responsible for overseeing the application process for new
missionary candidates, keeping in touch with them for prayer support while on
the field, and helping them to settle back to life at home on their return.
He will also be responsible for encouraging giving to Mission
in order to financially support those out on missionary service with SIM. It
is also hoped that Ian will get opportunities to visit churches and Bible
Colleges throughout Ireland
not only to represent the Mission,
but also to preach and teach on Mission encouraging
churches and individuals to get involved in mission and to put it back at the
top of their agenda today. You can find out more about SIM from their
Ian & Judith, Peter (7), Jenny (5) and Michael (18
months) hope to move house to the Craigavon area during the EasterSchool holidays. Please pray for
them and for the Church in Cavan as they go through this time of change. Pray
that a new pastor will be found to take CavanBaptistChurch
forward as soon as possible.
– We were overwhelmed with the response to our Harvest Weekend this
year. We had 180 people present for a sit-down outreach meal on Saturday 2nd
October – the Harvest Supper. On the Sunday we had between 80 and 100
people present at both Harvest Services. Andrew Roycroft
(pastor of ArmaghBaptistChurch) brought some very
challenging and very practical messages and the singing of the Lamplighters (from
Lisburn) was enjoyed by all. Thanks very much to all who helped. Continue to
pray for all who were present.
July 04 – We
had another very encouraging Baptismal Service on Sunday 4th
July.Six people were baptized. This
means that in the last 15 months since we entered our new building a total of
17 people have been baptized – we praise God for this! The building was
well filled with around 120 people present, and the testimonies of those
getting baptized were excellent. It was a really encouraging evening! We also
added 3 new members to our church on Sunday 25th July. This brings
us to 38 members in total.On the same
day our Worship Service was broadcast on Shannon-Side / Northern Sound Local
Radio (94.8FM). It all came across loud and clear - Thanks for praying!
June 04 – Our Young
People (J2Y) have just formed a praise group. We are calling it
“Jesus-2-You” for two reasons: We want our worship to go to
Jesus, and we want to point our friends to Jesus. Their debut at the Youth
Service on Sunday 6th June went really well. They will be leading
the worship from time to time. We enjoyed having Henry
Montgomery to preach for us over our Youth weekend in the
church in June.
April 04 – We showed the
‘Jesus’ Film on Good Friday night in the church premises. About
80 people were present, and we are delighted that one teenage girl from England
trusted in Christ as she watched the film! We are seeing quite a number of
new people attending the church. Some of them contacted us through our
March 04 – We celebrated
the 11th Anniversary of the formation of our church.It’s hard to believe it is 12
years since we started off in a farmhouse near Killeshandra!
February 04 – At our
Annual General Members’ Meeting we took the decision to go fully self-supporting
as a church. This means that Ian will no longer be supported by Baptist
Missions after 1st
September 2004. The church will take full responsibility for his
support. This is an important milestone. Thanks to Baptist Missions and our
churches for all their help in getting us started, but do continue to pray
for us in the coming days.
2003 – ‘The Lord has done great things for us and we
are filled with joy!’
December - Our Christmas Outreach
Events went really well. We had about 100 people present at our Outreach
Meeting on the 7th December when the Lamplighters were with us and
at our Carol Service on 21st December when our own young people
took part. We distributed about 1000 Christian Calendars around Cavan,
Virginia, Longford and Leitrim. Pray that
God will use these to speak to people about Himself.
October - We had a wonderful
Harvest weekend in CavanBaptistChurch at the beginning of the
month. There were about 120 people present at the Harvest Supper in the
church on Saturday 4th October, when George Morrow (Omagh) was the
speaker. We had Terry Price (Cork)
with us for both services on Sunday 5th and again we had a great
day. Two children even professed faith in Christ as a result – Praise
Summer - We have had a bit of a
baby boom in the church! So our Sunday School and crèche look like they will
continue to grow! Ayodele and Florence Adesanya had a little girl called Ruth
in May. Ian and Judith Grant had a little boy called Michael on 7th
August. And Floyd and Ruth McNeill had a baby girl called Emma on 14th
We have had three Believers’ Baptism Services since the opening of
our new church building back in March. We had the joy of baptizing 5 people
on Sunday night 4th May – 2 adults and 3 teenagers. It was a
great night. About 110 people were present. Then 3 Nigerian folk and one
local boy were baptized and added to our church on Sunday 6th
July. This has brought our total membership to 33 now! Two more local people
were baptized at a Sunday morning service on 21st September making
a total of 11 baptisms in six months! Praise God for this growth!
Tim & Barbara Coyle are looking after the outreach in Leitrim and
Longford. They had a team helping them for two weeks from CornerstoneBibleChurch
in Los AngelesCalifornia
at the end of July. They did outreach in both Leitrim and Longford. Pray for
Tim as he follows up quite a number of contacts that were made over the
summer. The Leitrim Fellowship meets on the second Sunday night of each
month. Pray for the development of the work in both of these areas. (See the
Leitrim Bible Study page if you want to contact Tim direct.)
May - We had the Amazing
Journey Bible Exhibition (Part 3) “The Amazing Acts” around Cavan
Schools from 26th – 30th. It went really well and
Billy Young did a great job. About 270
children saw it this time. Pray that they will remember what they heard and
be impacted by it in their own lives. A total of 270 children received a
Children’s Bible as a result of the previous visits of the Amazing
March - We had a wonderful day
for the Opening of our NewBuilding
on Saturday 29th March
2003. It was also the Tenth Anniversary since the formation of CavanBaptistChurch.
Ian’s dad, Pastor J.R. Grant, was the speaker at the Opening Service
when almost 300 people were present. Part of the service was recorded and was
broadcast on Shannonside – Northern Sound local radio on Sunday 30th
March at . We had over 80
present at the Anniversary Service on the Sunday morning and about 60 people
were present to start off our Open House Bible Week on the Sunday night.
These meetings continued through until Wednesday 2nd April. Pastor
Grant spoke on Genesis chs.1-12: “What’s Life all About?”
Everyone who was present found these messages really helpful.