The image you see above is of a building that looks like a church, but it’s not. It’s a medical centre for dermatology. That sounds odd, doesn’t it? It also sounds potentially disheartening.
Obviously it used to be a church. It was originally built in the 1920s to serve the Presbyterian denomination in the Sydney suburb of Kogarah. So, what happened to the people that once attended the services at this church? Did they drift away? Did they scatter in different directions?
Before you begin to grieve the loss of yet another church, take a look at the building behind the medical centre, then take a look at the next picture.
That’s right, the congregation didn’t drift away. They out-grew the little red brick building. They built a new modern building that could better cater to their growing needs.
The new place may not look like the traditional house of worship, but the church is not the building. It’s not the bricks and mortar, nor the glass and steel. The church is the people.
Their faith in God holds them together. Their trust in the salvation that Jesus offers makes them strong. Where they worship is irrelevant. The people are the church because they continue to come together in the name of our Lord and praise His holy name.