CORK NEW CHURCH OFFICIAL OPENING
17th May 2017
It was an historical day in the life of Cork Seventh-day Adventist church, when on Sunday 14 May saw the official opening of the new church building. The church was full to capacity with members and just as many guests from the community, to partake in this special day as the ribbon tied between the two columns outside the church was cut by Cork's Cllr Deputy Mayor P J Hourican.
The atmosphere was joyful with a welcoming ambience as congregants recognised that this day was the culmination of many years of hard work through the building process and legal ramifications.
Irish Mission President, Pastor Dan Serb, gave the official declaration of the new church being opened and later shared words of hope and encouragement as the keynote speaker for the day.
In attendance were a number of invitees. Pastor Paul Lockham, representing the British Union Conference in his position as Associate Executive Secretary, shared welcoming remarks and words of affirmation to the members. Dr M Kaare, an elder of Cork church, gave an insightful historical journey of Cork's Adventist presence in the area. The building project that culminated under the pastoral supervision of local minister Lorance Johnson, saw many key individuals who played a role in the development of the church through to its completion. Each of these individuals was acknowledged and presented with gifts by Pastor Johnson, who steered the programme through. Music was provided by the Cork church choir and Pastor Johnson's daughter, Rebecca.
Pastor Johnson was also very keen to acknowledge the work of his predecessor, Pastor Jeff Freeman, who flew in from the United States for the event. Pastor Freeman, who started in Cork in October 2008, had initiated the building project and he was able to share his story of how the church unfolded from its beginnings when purchased as a synagogue to its present bright and spacious state, built over two floors. He said, "my initial vision was for the church to be a centre of influence looking very similar to how it looks today…so when I first walked in I cried because the dream came true."
After the service, refreshments were served which allowed for interaction and fellowship amongst all. The buzz of excitement continued through to the time of departure as people left recognising that a significant milestone had been reached in the history of Cork Adventist church.