“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now” (Philippians 1:3-5)
Our aim is to support “gospel partners” across a variety of missions, both close to home and overseas.
Taking the relationship between the Apostle Paul and the Philippian church as our example, we hope our gospel partnerships too are characterised by intimacy. They knew each other and cared for each other (Philippians 1:8). It was a partnership with people, not an organisation.
We hope that like them our partnerships also are informed. We can see in Philippians 4:4 and 4:16 that Paul and the Philippians knew each other’s needs. We aim to have good communication with our gospel partners so we can support each other well, and so our praying is informed and effective.
Thirdly, we want these partnerships to be involved (as we see in Philippians 1:5). We aim for long term, consistent relationships with both giving and receiving (Philippians 4:16) at it’s heart.
These partnerships should involved purses (Philippians 4;16), people (they sent personnel as we see in Chapter 2), and prayer (Philippians 1:3-4 and 1:19).
With these things in mind we currently support the following gospel partners at NBBC:
Daniel Caballero working with UFM / GBM in Peru.
Valathi Outreach Church Ministries
Gwen Kearley and her work in local schools
Chris Morgan with his local outreach ministry
Catherine Haddow with her counselling and women’s ministry
This evening we are having a prayer meeting to support the work of Christian witness to Israel. CWI is one of the five missions we give specific support.
The meeting is here and begins at 7:30 so do come along. There will be a bit of teaching, some updates from field workers and news of upcoming events to pray about.
Our signboard at the front of Church is an opportunity to grab the attention for a few moments of those who are passing by on foot, or stuck in traffic by our front door. It is important to us then to say something in a compelling way to them by what we place there. We have all seen the tired signage that we all so easily dismiss.
Continue reading “Oscar Pistorius Poster”
FIEC‘s family of over five hundred Churches is broken down into areas and clusters which are divisions of those areas. Our area, the south west, comprises seventeen Churches spread from Swindon, to Bath, to Chippenham with situations like ours at North Bradley in between. Given the geographical spread the cluster group we are in is where our most direct contact takes place, but it is good to meet as we did last Thursday, as an area. Continue reading “FIEC Area gathering”
As part of our mission support plan, we identified the need to encourage the training and support of ministers as one of our priorities.
Daniel Caballero was born and raised in Peru whose evangelical Christian community has grown from 0.04% to 13% of the population since the 1979 census. Continue reading “Visit from Peru (and sermon recordings)”
NBBC Member, Rachel Martin, has just returned from her eighth trip with Reach Out Bulgaria. The charity is a compassion ministry which engages with the plight of the disabled inmates of the state orphanages in that impoverished Country. You can read Rachel’s full report by downloading the document here: Bulgaria 2012.
This evening around twenty of us from the youth club headed over to Ladyfield Church in Chippenham to use their amazing sports, and leisure facilities. We were met by Karen who was such a blessing, making us all welcome and helping out. It was also great to have Naomi join us, doing some of the driving, and getting stuck in. Continue reading “Toast and Chips report”
Tonight representatives from Widcombe, Union, Atworth, Penknapp, West Lavington, Clink, and ourselves at NBBC – the seven Churches, to update eachother, pray and plan.
Joining us for the first time was John Ikin who takes up the ministery at Bath Union Chapel as of Sunday, it was good to be able to pray with and meet him. Continue reading “FIEC Area Cluster – Leaders Meeting”
Last Saturday we were out on the village green again, this time not for the Jubilee, but the fete. We set up our tent in the wind, and set out our stall of edible Olympics medals for the kids to make, some real Guinness Book of World Records to try and set – coin spinning, basketball twirling, and cream cracker eating, and we did a survey.
Despite the weather, we had 40-50 kids making medals, plenty of budding record breakers, and thirty taking the survey.
The survey rode on the back of the one we did two weeks ago, where nearly fifty responded. In it we asked about quality of life – was it better to live in the 50’s, now, or in say 60 years from now? It was amazing, and quite concerning to see how the overwhelming majority of local people, of all ages, thought the past was better than now, unless you were retiring, and that the future offered little hope. The reasons people gave were breakdown of community, loss of innocence, advent of television, and financial concerns about the future. Continue reading “Village Fete Survey”
We all had a great time with all the people who visited our tent at the Jubilee event held here in the village. We were so thankful that so many families came along, and as a result we had over a hundred entrants for our children’s competition. Continue reading “Jubilee competition winner”