The numbers of those able to attend on Tuesday afternoons have been dropping for some time and continue to drop.
We have been wondering, therefore, if the Lord has not been saying to us that Open House has run its course and the time has come to bring it to a close. We have now concluded that this is the right course and that after more than thirty years, firstly as Women’s Action then as Open House, it will close at the end of the current session.
Closing any church activity can sometimes been seen as a failure, but this is not always the right way to look at it.
There are times and seasons for all things; we need to recognise that Open House has blossomed and flourished, has had its day in the sun, but now is on the wane and needs to be brought to a close so that the Lord can bring forth new life and fresh initiatives.
Open House has touched the lives of many in our fellowship over the years and it is right to celebrate its achievements and successes. The Committee and I want to invite you to a very special afternoon on Tuesday 17 July at 2.30pm which will be the last meeting of Open House. We are planning a special time of worship and thanksgiving for all that Open House has achieved and enjoyed over the years. We hope representatives of other groups in the church will join us and we do hope that all will be able to come to share both memories and a sumptuous cream tea!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jenny Streeter, Val Nimmo, Jean Parmenter and Jennifer Diack, members of the current committee, who have served so faithfully for all their dedication to the work of Open House.