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Witnesham Baptist Church       
 
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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.
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 1 John 4 v 10
Coronavirus update.
 
While we are unable to gather physically, Pastor Andrew has been recording messages on YouTube.
These can be accessed via this link Witnesham BC. The latest Sunday message will be available by 10:30am on the day, you are welcome to join us.

We continue to review Government requirements and guidance for Churches and at present all onsite services and activities remain temporarily, suspended.


Our Trust remains in Jesus Christ who strengthens us in all situations.

Letter for the month

Did you have a good Easter? Eaten all the chocolate by now? Why is chocolate so moreish?

Wasn’t Easter Sunday so beautiful? We were able to join with our family (two households) in the garden having a bar-be-que and sit out all afternoon – it was lovely. Now we are into more relaxation of Covid rules; shops open, people going to hairdressers [not me yet!], able to have meal out and outside all these whilst we still wear masks and keep our distance between us. May be as further relaxation takes place this month many have nominated the 17th as Hug Day – it seems logical if we can go indoors with our family then we can hug - a long time missed activity. Mind you, I will continue to be selective on who I hug outside of immediate family!

Whilst we have all this renewed freedom, I am conscious as I write of many across the world who do not have anywhere as much freedom as we do. Those in places like North Korea, many areas of Russia, China, or Myanmar. These places, and others, are restrictive for all people but some areas of the world are especially difficult and dangerous for Christians. Christians are at most risk of persecution, imprisonment or death in North Korea and Afghanistan, followed by Somalia, Libya, Pakistan, Eritrea, Yemen, Iran, Nigeria, India and Malaysia

You may be surprised that some of these countries are in the top ten of danger for Christians but the facts around persecution collated by the World Watch List provided by Open Doors are stark with evidence that every day, 12 Christians are unjustly arrested or imprisoned, and another 5 are abducted around the world! Interestingly, four of the countries mentioned above are part of the Commonwealth! Yet Great Britain seems to have little influence on these countries with regard to human rights violations.

Back to our increasing freedoms after lockdown; alongside freedom comes responsibility. I hope that when lockdown restrictions are lifted during this and next month, we will all take responsibility for our actions and continue to behave considerately towards other people. Remembering how easily this particular coronavirus spreads, we keep some distance between folk that we are not known to, treat all ‘frontline’ workers with respect, that includes shop assistants, paid carers and hospitality staff.

I would like to think that we will remember to continue to care for each other, not to return to past selfish ways. To keep hold of the benefits of having slowed down, not to return to the rush and busyness of pre-lockdown.

So, enjoy re-found freedoms but keep thoughtful and safe these next few months.

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.
 

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.