Enabling mission and Christian living
Nothing this month!
Victoria Baptist Church has seen a change in senior minister with Dr Ian White, who faithfully served for over 17 years, being succeeded by Chris Short in May 2018. During this change-over we have also introduced a new website and overhauled our house-style.
Over the last year a vibrant and thriving mums and toddler scene, active young peoples’ programme and energetic children’s ministry have amalgamated into Family Ministries, equipping, encouraging and resourcing all families. Our latest Advent and Lent resources were met with great enthusiasm.
At the other end of the age scale, the daytime Men’s Fellowship continues to thrive with a variety of guest speakers and a regular attendance of 30+.
Within the last few months we have seen the development of a BSL café (British Sign Language get together) as well as running another Alpha course. The core leadership team has grown significantly and it is currently working on a solid vision statement that will take on the legacy left by those who have gone before. We have also endorsed the calling of one of our members for full-time Baptist ministry. Exciting times indeed.
Of course the best way to experience us is to pay us a visit, whenever you’re in Eastbourne – a warm welcome awaits you.
Redhill is a wonderfully diverse and vibrant town with great access to London, the countryside, motorways and airports. Our growing church reflects the kaleidoscopic community around us as we continue to welcome people of different ages, culture, gender and background. Something that is reflected in the new Church leadership team that was appointed at the end of last year
Our year started with Baptisms and we have more in the pipeline for which we are grateful to God for. Our first Alpha course in a few years has been well received as people are belonging and integrating into community church life.
We have hosted our first Winter Night Shelter for the homeless. It was so good to use our premises in such a practical and helpful way by those on the margins of society.
We are delighted to welcome our new church manager Leigh McLean to the RBC team. Leigh joins us with a background in business and banking and considerable Baptist church experience. Already we are benefitting from his strategic thinking and leadership gifts.
Our community worker Miranda continues to strengthen our links with local community groups and is helping plan a local community party this summer on a nearby estate.
Our pastor Graham is leading the church into realising and owning a new vision for the church as we seek to stay relevant to our community and the church God wants us to be and the town needs us to be in 2019.
Please join us in praying for:
Photo: one of our Sunday services
Ministry nestled in the south downs continues to be exciting and challenging as we work out together what it means to live as God's people in our villages and serve those around us witnessing to the goodness and grace of God. We celebrated with five new Christians who were baptised on Easter Sunday as we enjoyed Easter Breakfast worship together. We are in the middle of planning for a major refurbishment and had a gift day on 5 May which raised the necessary funds to make the cafe space and facilities all that we need them to be.
Our families and seniors work goes from strength to strength and we are now working alongside the area medical centre heading up their social prescribing scheme which is providing many opportunities to combat the isolation and loneliness that is so prevalent in our communities. A recent Y course has involved more than twenty people and we have been excited to see how the Lord has been working in their lives.
Please pray with us for:
We have recently completed two courses that have brought blessing - 'Leading your Church into Growth' (LYCIG) and 'Wholeness'. LYCIG is designed for foster a mindset for growth in the congregation (spiritually, numerically and in service), and Wholeness to allow God to heal past hurts.
In May a group of eight men from the church and the community will travel to Romania to build a playground in a holiday home for disadvantaged children. This will be our third visit to Casa Valentin (the previous two were to run holiday clubs).
Fawkham Road, WEST KINGSDOWN, TN15 6JP
Minister: pastoral vacancy
We had a very encouraging Mothering Day service when we had a lot of visitors.
Our Toast Club (after school, fortnightly) where numbers have risen and we've had good conversations with parents and children. Also encouraging is Catch Up (carers and toddlers) and our weekly prayer meeting set up a year ago when our minister had to suddenly leave.
This month we are celebrating 60 years of work at Hill Road (the church itself being 269 years old and Hill Rd our fifth meeting place!).
At Folkestone Baptist Church, we face many challenges and rejoice in many blessings. It feels a bit like the ‘changing of the guard’ at the moment. We have several new deacons and two new elders. We have a new Church Administrator, Finance Officer and Facilities Manager in post. It’s great to have such a team, though two of the three posts have had to be paid positions. We have recently had two baptisms and there are two to follow on Easter Sunday.
Our youth worker is currently away with youth on an Alpha Course ‘Holy Spirit’ Weekend. We pray for conversions. There are 28 youth on the course all together and fifteen have made it to the residential.
We have had 8 people on a pilot project of relaxation & Christian meditation. Initial signs are that it is being very well received by people who are not so engaged in a noisy, band-led form of worship. This course forms the centre of what we hope will be a new creative church plant near new building work happening in the Harbour area.
We have had some success reaching out to local families. We will be praying for a vision of how to link up the various children’s clubs, pre-school and schools work - so that we can better serve and minister to local families, and introduce them to Jesus.
Finances are a little stretched. We’ve had an expensive year. Extra costs were needed because the pastors have been ill, and a leaky roof that needed fixing urgently, have meant that reserves are running rather low. However, we had a gift day in May, and the church rose magnificently to the challenge and now things are more secure, although we are still having to be careful to keep running costs under control.
Through all this, and our regular work, we know God’s guidance and his grace. Relationships are good. Our ministers’ health is more stable. In short our prayer needs:
We are planning our focus for the Kent War & Peace Revival, and hoping to put together a few interesting ideas for later in the year, including a 'goth' service around Halloween!
We are also supporting a couple of our number who are facing cancer treatment - in both cases it is major treatment; please join with us in lifting them and their families in prayer.
We are presently enjoying a great Alpha Course with at least 12 guests who are clearly loving the course and some have also attended church sometimes. We celebrated with a Baptismal Service on Palm Sunday. It was especially lovely for us to baptise someone in their senior years, who had also attended our previous Alpha Course and now wants to come into membership.
Items for Prayer:
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