“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." John 13:34-35
Witnesham Baptist Church            Where people   ------
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Welcome
 
It is with great reluctance that all activities and services at Witnesham Baptist Church are temporarily cancelled.

This is due to the current spreading of the Coronavirus. We are acting on advice from NHS & Government.

Our Trust remains in Jesus Christ who strengthens us in all situations.
 
Pastor Andrew: 07851060482

Letter for the month

Whilst I prefer paper and ink, face to face and person to person what a blessing it is for the internet and its various apps. It has taken me a bit of a struggle to get to terms with some of this technology but I have managed to open up a YouTube Channel for the church named Witnesham BC. The link is here: -

 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfpK-FkQHhONTRkyhYassxw

There are now a number of messages – I can’t call them services because they are only me speaking, no singing. All this because of the government telling us to stop all public gatherings during this coronavirus pandemic. I found it hard to accept ‘closing’ the church and so prevent folk from meeting together to worship Jesus, but see the reasoning. The social distancing and isolation was to ‘save lives’. For many it has been effective, for many it has not and my heart, thought and prayers go out to all those who are suffering loss, especially as many are not able to attend funeral services. The flip side of this is how communities are coming together through supporting each other be it through phone calls, delivering shopping, meals, food banks and clapping for carers. This support for each other in a time of crisis is not exclusive to Christians with others of faith or none helping each other.

The safety measures put in place by the government were to save lives and this is what Christianity is also about. Practically we help each other but we also have the message of saving lives spiritually. Easter happened during the first month of lockdown – Easter the message of hope and overcoming of death. The Jesus I know and trust, after living here on earth for 33 years died cruelly on a cross, His death was in my stead as He took all my wrong doing, selfishness, greed [sin] upon Himself. Then the great news, Jesus did not stay dead but by the power of His Father God, He rose from the dead and now lives forever and because of that we too can live for ever with Him once this earthly life ceases by whatever cause. How is this? By asking Jesus into our lives, apologising to God for our sin and trusting Him for the future, whatever we may go through.

By the time this is published some or many of the safety measures may have been lifted but let us not forget all the positive aspects we have had over this time, let us keep focused not on ourselves but on others, not to rush around and get nowhere but to take time to enjoy God’s creation and walk with Him each day. Stay safe, respect others, care for others, have faith.


Pastor Andrew
 



Andrew is at the Church most Tuesdays and Wednesdays when not out visiting, do drop in if you are passing he will be pleased to see you.



Pastor Andrew Croft

If you have a more pressing pastoral need go to our contacts page for details, if he is unable to answer the phone please leave him a brief message and contact number.
 

While we are unable to gather together physically Pastor Andrew has been recording some video messages. These can be accessed from the drop down diary tab under the Services and Activities menu.

Additional videos are being added the latest Sunday message will be available by 11:00am join us by following the link on the diary page.
Seeking God's guidance for the future of His work here at Witnesham. Follow the link The Future to see the journey so far and the latest bible reading plan.
Please pray for us as we continue to seek God on how we can be part of that journey.

We are a small rural Church situated in the community heart of the village of Witnesham, which is 5 miles from Ipswich. We are an open fellowship and all who love the Lord Jesus are invited to receive communion. We are friendly and informal and always give a warm welcome to visitors arriving at our services and activities. Come and give us a try, we would love to see you.

Worship times can be found by clicking on these links to our services and diary pages.

We have committed involvement in our local area including "Open the Book" teams serving local schools.

There is always something happening during the week at WBC including 3C@WBC.

See the activities and diary pages for futher details.

 

A Post Office Outreach service can be found in the conservatory room on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.