Dublin West Seventh-day Adventist church celebrated its official opening on Sabbath 13 May with a special opening service attended by many Adventists from across Dublin, pastors from the Irish Mission and British Union Conference, and representatives from Fingal County Council, amongst others.
Each Sabbath one of the large halls belonging to Coolmine Community School in West Dublin hosts this congregation of around 100 Adventists, including children, but on this particular day numbers swelled far beyond the usual.
Pastor Christian Salcianu, local pastor since October 2016 led out in a panel discussion for the adult Sabbath School discussion, but the focus of the day was the main official opening which began at 12:00 pm.
Sharing some of the history of the church‘s formation over the last few years, Elder Ropo Dare’s face beamed with pleasure as he spoke to the gathered congregation about how God had led in the formation of this new church and his hopes for a future church building which they could call their own.
Pastor Paul Lockham, Associate Executive Secretary for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the UK & Ireland, spoke in his sermon of how God is building this congregation into living stones for His service and how each one of the living stones in this new church has a place in God’s Kingdom. He then led out, along with Pastor Dan Serb, President of the Adventist Church in Ireland, in the official Act of Consecration as the company officially became a church.
The Deputy Mayor of Fingal County Council, Cllr Eithne Loftus, addressed the congregation twice during the service, reflecting on the diversity of the congregation and the health work which the church currently does in the local school. Cllr Mary McCamley, also in attendance, shared her thanks for the invitation to the special opening service and both counsellors seemed to take joy in hearing the Children’s Choir, church teenagers, and Senior Youth Quartet.
Following the opening, a church fellowship lunch was enjoyed by everyone, with an abundance of vegetarian food and plenty of laughter. We thank God for this new church. Pictures of the day can be viewed on the church’s Facebook page, Dublin West Seventh-day Adventist Church.[Adam Keough, Assistant Communication Sponsor, Irish Mission]