Tunbridge Wells – Brethren provide a Presentation to Scouts on our way of life
Members of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church in Tunbridge Wells were asked to speak to the 11th Tonbridge Scout Group (Paddock Wood) to present their history and way of life. The Scout Leaders, Tony Potter and Simon Tovey live in the same road as some brethren and wanted to know more about their beliefs.
To set the tone for the evening, the brethren provided refreshments, which were eagerly consumed by approximately 30 young people and 5 adult leaders.
The history of Christianity was briefly touched on from the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus, through the persecutions, Dark Ages and Reformation to the time when J. N. Darby left the established church and joined with a few similarly minded Christians.
Mr David Marriott, a church elder, then spoke about the church’s beliefs – covering the gospel, eternal salvation, the Persons of the Godhead, the Head in heaven, the body here and finishing with the importance of purity in view of Christ’s return to claim His own. The brethren then showed a videoclip from the PBCC website, which was very well received.
Mr Duncan Woodford, another elder, then spoke about how their young people spend their time, with Bible reading, prayer, church activities, sports and helping in construction projects involving churches, schools and homes. Mr Woodford gave all the young people present a blessing from the Lord.
Outreach to the wider community was then covered by Mr Howard Gray, particularly highlighting the street Preaching’s, and other altruistic activities. He mentioned Rapid Relief Team activity and extended an open invitation to all the Scouts for the next ‘Pack and Pie Day’ at one of our halls.
A Question and Answer session followed, with a lot of audience participation and many interesting and pertinent questions being asked by the Scouts.
To complete the evening, Bibles and ‘Living Our Beliefs’ booklets were offered to all the young people in the group, and taken by the majority. Gospel tracts were left to be distributed.
Also presented to the group was the ‘Firestorm’ book produced by the PBCC in Australia, which was very well received and the Scouts even gave the PBCC a wish list of items which could be donated!
The PBCC representatives thanked the audience for their respectful and attentive attitude towards the speakers, and their quiet listening.
Tony Potter, Scout Leader, said “I couldn’t believe how quiet the Scouts were – they seemed stunned with the presentation, and took a while to bring out their different questions!”