An approach to value your history can be explored through five words- faithfulness, perspective, balance, humility and hope.
1. Faithfulness - When you understand where you have come from and how you arrived to this day, it can help you to stay faithful to the timeless truths of foundation. Remembering who we are helps us be faithful to where we have always been going in following Jesus.
2. Perspective - Having perspective of our history means that we understand we are but one generation, amongst many who have been, and more who are to come. We should never lose perspective but remember we are building on those who came before us, so that those who come after us can continue to grow stronger in serving the Lord.
3. Balance - Keeping a bigger picture in mind means we have a more balanced viewpoint. The understanding of issues in the past, and the need to prepare for the future, helps us make balanced decisions that see fruitfulness today, and longevity into the future, as we serve the call of Jesus to our community across the generations.
4. Humility - Knowing our past helps us to remember that it is not about our efforts, nor are our worries any greater than those who have gone before us. We are humbled when we know that we build on the sacrifice of others. We are humbled when we take account that our decisions today will affect those generations who are yet to come.
5. Hope - It can be easy for us to think our current times are the best or the worst that have ever transpired. Knowing our history means that we can see many times of hardship, trial and strife, and some great achievements, developments and growth. While every generation has experienced a tough moment, we keep the hope that our church remains on mission, and that we are still called to share the Gospel here in Burnside, and to all the nations.
Serving Jesus since 1855
A small group of Christians from Burnside Village began meeting in homes forming a congregation committed to New Testament teaching and forming a Church.
On Christmas Day 1864, the original Chapel was dedicated to God and the Church continued to grow and reach the community.
On 20 August 1939, the new Church was dedicated to God and remains the current facility for Burnside Family Church at 88 Lockwood Road.