FB Meyer and Melbourne Hall
I am just back from preaching at anniversary services at Melbourne Hall Evangelical Free Church in Leicester. The most famous occupant of its pulpit was its first minister, F.B. Meyer (of whom a recent biography by Bob Holman was published by Christian Focus Publications last year). Meyer led seventy-seven members in constituting the church in September 1878. His warm evangelicalism and social conscience were mightily used to draw thousands to Christ in the closing decades of the nineteenth century.
Leicester (following on from Phil's recent post on the Islamicization of Britain) is apparently set to become Britain's first white minority city, and the housing in the vicinity of the church building is virtually a Muslim suburb of the city. It brings added meaning to the words above the door as one exits the sanctuary: 'the mission field starts here'. Pray for its current pastors, Paul Bassett and Gurnham Singh, as they lead this congregation in its worship and evangelism.
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