What’s in a name?
This is possibly the question most on people’s lips concerning the cafe; “Why the Rusty Bucket?”
There is an anecdote recorded on the website of the Rusty Bucket that explains why the trustees chose the name. The story may or may not be true but it gives us a rather unique name in the UK. I do not know of any other group of the same name. There are however a large number of mostly bars in the USA with the same name. We are totally independent of any other organisation or grouping.
The story goes like this: Recently while visiting a friend who had a greenhouse she showed me her flowers, we came to the most beautiful one of all, a golden chrysanthemum, bursting with blooms. But to my great surprise, it was growing in an old dented, rusty bucket. I thought to myself, If this were my plant, I’d put it in the loveliest container I had! My friend changed my mind. “I ran short of pots", she explained, "and knowing how beautiful this one would be, I thought it wouldn’t mind starting out in this old bucket. It’s just for a little while, until I can plant it out in the garden.” On the way home I started to think.............. The rusty bucket is my body. The garden is Heaven where, having accepted Jesus Christ into my life, I would grow tall and flourish for ever. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7
The above pictures show the upper room of the Rusty. It was formerly a public house and nightclub. When purchased it was dark and unwelcoming but is now transformed to a place of light and welcome. It is being developed into a place for the community of Looe. It is intended to be like that old rusty bucket in that it is available for people who want to know what it means to have their lives transformed by hearing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Saturday, 31 August 2013
A new beginning:
As from 24th June 2013 I have changed my role from being Pastor to the church in Ogmore by Sea to managing the everyday working and Christian witness of the Rusty Bucket Christian resourse centre. It was with much prayer and heart searching that we agreed to move from the extremely beautiful South Wales coast to the lovely Cornish town of Looe.
We leave behind many friends and memories. The church in Ogmore-by-Sea will always be very dear in our hearts and we pray that the Lord will continue protect and lead them as He has faithfully done so since their beginnings in the late 1950's.
The Rusty Bucket is a whole new adventure which I am looking forward to being a part of. I have not as yet had time for my feet to touch the ground as we started work at the the busiest time of the summer season. I have already met many interesting people with all sorts of interesting issues of life that I believe God is working through.
I will continue with stories, anecdotes and points for praise and prayer as I get used to being the new man that I am. I praise God for His leading, His providing and help in what has been for me a time of mixed emotions where we literally have not known whethter to laugh or cry. He is a great God with great plans for His people, do pray for us in our new quest.