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Seeking God's guidance for the future of His work here at Witnesham. Follow the link The Future to see this stage of the journey 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.
 
Welcome
Coronavirus July update.
 
It was with great reluctance that all activities and services at Witnesham Baptist Church were temporarily cancelled due to the Coronavirus. The latest easing of restrictions means Churches can now open for prayer and services if they satisfy certain requirements. Having reviewed the Government health and social distancing advice and requirements we do not believe it viable to reopen at this time. Therefore all onsite services and activities remain temporarily suspended.
 
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.
 
Our Trust remains in Jesus Christ who strengthens us in all situations.

Letter for the month

At the beginning of July lockdown restrictions were eased greatly with not just shops opening up but also pubs and restaurants and other social gathering spaces where sensible social distancing and hygiene could be maintained. The early signs were that people were being sensible and thoughtful towards each other; There will always be a few inconsiderate folk who unfortunately spoil it for others! We have been able to spend closer contact with our grandchildren which is a joy.

At the beginning of July the government stated that Places of Worship could reopen within guidelines. This is a double edge sword in many ways. Christians enjoy and benefit from communal gathering to worship God, sing hymns, pray aloud together and generally encourage each other in our daily walk of faith. However, the leadership of church fellowships also have a responsibility for the overall well being of members and attendees. As Pastor/teacher, I have responsibility for Spiritual well-being. Alongside other leaders our responsibility includes physical, emotional and mental well-being. I guess that through services on our YouTube channel the spiritual side is at least partially fulfilled and whilst we keep in touch with folk by phone and distance visiting, we are able to help in the other areas as well.

So, where is this leading? Well, given our responsibilities, we have agreed that it is NOT wise or practical to re-open Witnesham Baptist Church at this time because we couldn’t accommodate folk safely and hygienically enough to meet guidelines. Public singing inside and close to others would not be safe, we haven’t the facilities for deep cleaning things touched before, during and after services, even be difficult to have a one-way system! When we will reopen will very much depend on how this Covid-19 virus is controlled, so watch this space!

However, if you as reader of these notes would like to speak with me of for us to pray together please contact me and I’ll willingly come and visit you. For now, links below for spiritual well being:-

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

http://www.witneshambaptist.org.uk/

07851060482

Pastor Andrew

PS: The Post Office are still operating on a Tuesday afternoon and Thursday morning from our conservatory and with ease of one visitor at a time and hand sanitiser available the feel able to meet guidelines.

 



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.
 

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.