From The Pastor’s Desk
We are now back in the Oasis building, on a Sunday after being closed due to Corona Virus since March 2020.
I would like to thank everyone who has been faithful to The Lord, and to Oasis, Beeston, during what has been a Journey of Faith and Trust.
Thank you to Jill, who has facilitated the two meetings on Zoom, that we have led during this period of time. Thank you to Lee who has led a Zoom meeting. We are grateful for all of your input and for the ministry of Pastors Godfrey Fearn and Trevor Partington.
Sunday 5th September will be my last service at Oasis. Fittingly we will take Communion
The first Sermon, on a Sunday, that I preached when we came to Oasis was from Psalm 84, known as The Pilgrim Psalm. As we come back physically into the building that is 27 years ago. None of us, including ourselves would have thought that we would have had the privilege of pastoring, shepherding Oasis Christian Centre, Beeston for that length of time. Approximately 20 years ago a well respected colleague, at the Elim Bible week in Prestatyn – as we sat together on a sofa gave me this advice: “Nigel, find a place where you can dedicate your life and ministry to, to do something special dedicated to God and take your phone off the hook to headquarters.” In those moments we prayed together.
Over the years we have sought to be “A Safe Place In The Community For The Community.” Our involvement in the community here, over the years, has been expressed through many local, national and international expressions of love for The Lord Jesus.
We have sought to take courage from Him and the Scriptures given to us in ‘Isaiah 58:11-12.” The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever flowing spring. You will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes.”
I have been blessed with a leadership and congregation, over these many years, who have supported the vision, and helped fashion it. It is too dangerous to name anyone, for fear of missing others out, so I simply say thank you to all of you! Only The Lord knows the legacy of all that we have achieved together. It is banked in Heaven where moth and rust cannot destroy.
Whilst beginning to prepare a message recently from Jeremiah 29:11 the first two words of that verse jumped in my spirit, “I Know.” We don’t know what the future holds – but, “God Knows.” As a Pilgrim, walking with Jesus, individually we learn to Trust, The “I Know” of God.
Please join us in praying for the Servants council: Carol, Lee and Wayne as they meet with Paul Hudson (Elim’s Midlands Regional Leader).
As I “draw to a conclusion,” I’d like to thank Jill and our daughter Abbie. Your support over the years, well, I could not have done what I did without your prayers, creativity, encouragement, devotion to Jesus, wisdom, patience, understanding and love. Thank you.
And to The Lord, Thank You for fulfilling Your Words over these years, in private, public, practical and personal ways. I assuredly declare, “You Are Faithful!”
With every good wish,
Luncheon Club re-commencing on Tuesday 10th August at 12.15pm
Sunday 15th August at 10.30am – All Age Service with Jill Yates
Sunday 22nd August at 10.30am – Communion Service with Pastor Nigel
Sunday 29th August at 10.30am – Morning Celebration with Pastor Nigel
Sunday 5th September at 10.30am – Pastor Nigel & Jill’s last Communion Service at Oasis Christian Centre, Beeston.