This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 1 John 4 v 9
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With deadline for submission of articles to the In Touch magazine being the 10th of the preceding month, I’m writing this a couple of days before I have a holiday and the mind is thinking about what to pack, how warm will it be, how many books am I likely to be able to read let alone take by weight. So, I’ve just got home from church and it’s mid afternoon.
This morning has been different to most Sundays as it was a Baptismal Service. Shouldn’t be anything strange in that as we are a Baptist Church after all! It was different because the baptistery hadn’t been open/used for some eleven years. We practice Believers Baptism so, unlike child baptism, the person being baptised has already made a conscious decision to accept Jesus Christ as Lord of their lives thus the act of baptism is not so much an entry rite into the church but is a public witness to the person’s faith in Christ now.
Another difference to child baptism is that it is by total immersion; yes the person is placed fully under the water. As the person enters the water they identify with Jesus who was also baptised and shows that their old nature of disobedience to God is dead, going under the water shows that those wrong doings are buried as was Jesus who took the sin of people on Himself and then coming up out of the water so they rise to new life with Jesus as Jesus rose from the dead. It was good to share this witness and experience this morning. After the service we were able share a meal together with many who came to the service.
Now I’m home and thinking of holiday even though today has been a holy day. I consider myself very fortunate that my wife and I can go on holiday, to visit different places and experience different cultures knowing that wherever I go God is with me and I can enjoy His creation. As I look forward to holiday I also look forward to when our church Baptistry is open again as another person comes to declare their faith and trust in Jesus. Could that person be you reading this? When I’m back from my week away contact me at church and let’s talk about it – faith in Jesus as well as my holiday.
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
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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 our free Drop-in Cafe.
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.