Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. (The words of the risen Christ in Revelation 3:20)
Rev Tim Power
A Glaswegian by birth my family moved to Leeds when I was a young boy. Although an irregular Church attender the truth and understanding of the saving grace of Jesus Christ remained for decades to be discovered! As a young and then not so young adult I lived in York. There I met Christine (we had met briefly once before, abroad a few months earlier, although we didn’t know even each other’s names or where we lived, only for Christine to move unexpectedly to York where we recognised each other over a crowded room).
We married and together we began to attend our local village Church of England. Good Christian people faithfully worshipping our Triune God in the traditional C of E pattern. I was very much seeking God by this time and sensed the personal presence Holy Spirit. As my nascent, enquiring, faith grew, confusingly for me at the time I felt a parallel pull away from this church and wondered what to do. God provided the solution! One Sunday morning was a special service in which the local children and families were invited. I invited my aunt who had moved to York some months earlier. As we sat in the pew a local man joined us and I found myself sandwiched between two members of York Baptist Church (YBC). About five months later my family Christine, Jason (5), and Laura (4) and my-self crossed the threshold of YBC, wondering what these Baptists were all about. What we found was a family of Christians, evangelical by stripe, and genuinely trying to live life reflecting Christ’s love to each other and in their relationships with others. I attended Christianity Explored and a pilot of Discipleship Explored. Soon after I was to go through the waters of Believer’s Baptism. I felt renewed, invigorated, changed! Unanticipated and surprisingly I felt a powerful urge to give whatever gifts and talents I had to God in his service. The church tested the call, and commended the call. We expected my theological and ministry formation studies to be in England and later service in Yorkshire. But God had other plans for this son and daughter of Scotland and their still young family! Three years later, studies completed at the Scottish Baptist College, and having had a greatly valued and appreciated three years as student minister of East Kilbride East Mains Baptist Church I accepted the call of Nairn Baptist Church in the Scottish Highlands. God richly blessed us together, nonetheless the clear call of Cupar Baptist was to come nearly five years later and we humbly accepted.
Cupar Baptist is a cross generational, warm, family friendly, active in the community, church which exhibits much of the characteristics of YBC mentioned earlier. Our worship is a blend of contemporary and traditional. My passion for them is to reveal the live saving gospel message of the salvation found in Jesus and to reflect his to love to each other and our community.
You are welcome to come and join us!
Pastor Tim Power