CONTRIBUTED BY 11 YEAR OLD ELLA MULDER
I like cricket. I love to read. I eat a lot. I like, love, salt and vinegar chips and enjoy a warm pie (with extra tomato sauce). I like to be organised and keep up with my spiritual devotions. But the biggest, most crucial thing in my life, is my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ. And I learn more about him every week at my church. Melville Church.
Melville Church can be considered (and probably is) the smallest of the free reformed churches. But that doesn’t change our love for Jesus Christ. We all share the same hope and joy of the fellowship we have with Jesus. I am continually growing and learning more about my spiritual life in the weekly sermons and catechism classes I attend. I go to bed every night knowing that the sun will rise the next morning, I will have a roof over my head and I will be provided with plenty of food in my lunchbox. Which is a lot to be thankful for.
Melville Church is good for me because I feel a part of it. I feel loved, looked out for and considered. What I really like about Melville Church is that we worship together. We are on a journey together. And in that journey no-one is left on the side of the road. In a book that I am reading (This changes everything by Jaquelle Crowe, which I highly recommend) a section of it talks about the church, and this is what I read there:
Being in the church together is to:
Learn (1 Tim 4:13)
Fellowship (1 John 1:7)
Serve (Gal 5:13)
Share (Acts 2:45)
Sing (Psalm 149:1)
Celebrate and Suffer (Romans 12:14-15)
Give (2 Cor 9:7-13)
Worship (Heb 12:28)
Love (John 15:12)
This sums up what I see Melville trying its hardest to do. But we are not perfect. And that is why Christ died for our sins – which we cannot take for granted. And that is why every week we hear the gospel spoken to us by a preacher. To encourage us, and help us grow. Which I think our pastor, Rev t’Hart, does very well every week. The sermons speak to me and help me to put off my sinful nature and grow more in godliness.
I also love our usher routines. To be able to come to church every week and be greeted by a fellow member of Christ is amazing. Some people can’t even go to church, which makes me even more thankful for the free country we live in. To be able to worship God freely, grow in His word and spend hours a week in the gospel is simply indescribable. God’s Spirit in our hearts helps us with our weaknesses every minute of the day. And Jesus dying on the cross for us is too much to be thankful for. And that is what changes everything.