Church joins global movement

Hawick, Scotland, UNITED KINGDOM. - 05 Nov 2013 ''Members of congregation with Pastor Ronnie Burns (L) and Charles Gellaitry''(Photo by  Rob Gray / freelance / � 2013)
Hawick, Scotland, UNITED KINGDOM. - 05 Nov 2013 ''Members of congregation with Pastor Ronnie Burns (L) and Charles Gellaitry''(Photo by Rob Gray / freelance / � 2013)

BURNFOOT’s Abundant Life Church is embarking on a brand new chapter in its 32-year history by joining a denomination.

The Fairhurst Drive congregation has become a member of The Elim Pentecostal Church Movement, which comprises more than 550 Christian organisations in the UK and Ireland, as well as hundreds more throughout the world. It was founded in 1915 by Welshman George Jeffreys, and has been hailed as a good move for the Abundant Life Church.

Interim Pastor Ronnie Burns, who has been at the church for the last year since the previous pastor fell ill, told the Hawick News: “The church has always been an indendent church until now, but the decision to come under a denomination is one that will benefit it both financially, and personnel-wise.”

And the first major event since becoming an Elim Church will be a visit from Christian organisation Teen Challenge – which helps those misusing alcohol or drugs – on Sunday, November 17.

The church meets every Sunday at 11am for children’s church and at 6pm for the main service.