But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High." Luke 1 v 30-32
Witnesham Baptist Church       
 
   Where people   ------
meet people ------
 meet God
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

Letter for the month

Advent begins on 29th November and may well be different for us all this year. A different emotional waiting, a waiting for the unknown as at time of writing a second ‘lockdown’ comes into force and although the proposed end date is 2nd December, we are all unsure if that will be so. For many, anxieties raise as they wonder what will Christmas be like? Will I be able to spend it with family or friends? Will I be able to get all the presents for them? Will I be able to get all the [excess!] food and drink [alcohol]? All that without even thinking about going out for parties. Will Father Christmas be shielding? If lockdown in any form remains in place over this month then my main concern would be about spending time with family. Not being able to buy presents means that I might be able to do something better with the money saved – may be send it to a charity that supports folk who have nothing in this country or abroad.

Reminding myself that Advent is the waiting time with hope and excitement of the coming of The King, the Messiah, not the coming of Father Christmas. The waiting in hope of Christmas and the clue remains in the title of Christmas – it is a Mass or Celebration of Christ. A time to celebrate and be thankful to God that His Son Jesus was born into a poor family in Israel, lived a life of total goodness then, as we remember at Easter, was crucified and rose again to life all so that we can be forgiven for ignoring, disobeying God and can be brought back into a living right relationship with God. Hallelujah!

Church wise is means that we won’t be able to celebrate as we have in past years; no Carols by Candlelight service; no carol singing in the Barley Mow; no Christmas morning celebration in the Chapel. But we may well meet together in different ways through YouTube or Zoom. So however you manage to celebrate and enjoy Christmas I pray that all readers will have an enjoyable time and take a few minutes on the 25th to remember and give thanks to God the Father for Jesus; perhaps even as family/household sing Happy Birthday to Jesus as a grace before sitting down for Christmas lunch.

May you know the presence of God during and beyond lockdown.

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.
 
Coronavirus update.
 
It was with great reluctance that all activities and services at Witnesham Baptist Church were temporarily cancelled due to the Coronavirus.

We continue to review Government health and social distancing advice and requirements for Churches to open and 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 video messages. These can be accessed from the dropdown diary tab under the Services and Activities menu. The latest Sunday message will be available by 11:00am on the day you are welcome to join us by following the link on the diary page.
 
Our Trust remains in Jesus Christ who strengthens us in all situations.

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 further details.

 

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