William Shakespeare wrote: Be not afraid of greatness, some are born great, some achieve greatness, some have greatness thrust upon them. This statement from Twelfth Night could have been, in my opinion, quoined to refer to George Chambers he was a big man in stature, but also a man of great faith and vision, in his day he would not see anything stand in his way to thwart what he perceived as the way forward.
In the early 1970s George and Joan gathered together a group of friends, if my memory serves me correctly, a small number famillies, Bill and Sadie Welsh, Anne and Mike Heath, Margaret and I and themselves with a view to planting a church in Livingston, then just a group of housing estates with hardly a shop and very few community facilities. The plans were made in the living room of their house in Pitt Street, Leith the decision was taken to go for it. George and Joan, and the twins, moved to Livingston, Anne and Mike moved as well, Margaret and I were part of the group but had committed ourselves to inner city mission work and were part of the congregation but our involvement did not fully commence until our return from Peterhead in 1984.
George had a vision for a church in Livingston , in the early years meetings were held in houses and homes, then community centres always, wondering if the lease would be renewed, nevertheless, George and Joan encouraged the people to continue to trust God and follow the vision. Like all church families, people came and people passed through, there were the curious, the lonely, the disappointed, and then there were the disciples, the faithful, it did not matter to George whether there were 2 in the meeting or thirty, as a man who had a Pastors heart as long as there were people who needed him he would be there for them. The house at Corston Park became the headquarters of project Livingston, the door was open to all 24/7 you would never be turned away, the kettle was always on the boil, the biscuits and cakes were there and the welcome was always warm. The door never stopped, the phone was always ringing, do you know, that for over twenty five years day and daily I was mentioned in his prayers - that's what he did for his pals - he prayed for them, with them and about them every single day!!!