Updated May 14, 2021 3:46 PM
Roy Van Der Westhuizen shared a very personal message pertaining to his faith background and life story. He opened his message with the heartfelt story of his younger brother, who passed away from cancer at a very young age. He spoke about the grief and hardship that it had left on his family, and how the church his parents planted wasn’t necessarily the most supportive it could have been during this time of extreme loss. He shared the growth that the church experienced over a period of time, and how the growth was primarily driven by a group of individuals that were steadfastly seeking God. This growth took place in spite of the fact that their church was frequently stolen from. In particular, musical instruments that they would use as part of their worship would be taken. Roy transitioned his message in conclusion to how Northgate has a responsibility and a calling to seek God, very similar to the church that Roy grew up in. He mentioned that our congregation has the freedom of choice in the sense that there are many different options for church homes; worship settings, denominations, pastoral preference, and various different demographics. He related this freedom of choice to an opportunity to see God move in amazing ways through steadfastly seeking Him. Lastly, Pastor Jon informed the congregation of worship services that will be taking place each Friday night at 6:00pm for those interested.